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Report: State of Broadband According to Akamai

Akamai Technologies’ new State of the Internet report, released today and likely every quarter has some interesting findings about the state of the broadband around the world. (Related Posts: OECD report.)

Through our globally deployed server network and by virtue of the billions of requests for Web content that we service on a daily basis, Akamai has a unique level of visibility into the connection speeds of those systems issuing the requests, and as such, of broadband adoption around the globe.

The findings below the fold:
Akamai data shows that South Korea is the leader in delivering what the Massachusetts-based CDN provider calls, high broadband. It means connections that connect to Akamai’s at speeds exceeding 5 Megabits per second.  Nearly 64% of South Korean connections qualify as high broadband.
US, by that metric is a deplorable, with only 20 percent connections qualifying as high broadband. Interestingly, when you reduce the connection speed to 2 megabits per second, US ranks at #24 with 62% of connections at speeds exceeding 2 Mbps.
In US, the state of Delaware has 60% connections that qualify as “high broadband.” California scores rather poorly and is not even among the top ten. Thanks to Cablevision, Verizon and Time Warner, New York comes in at  #3 with 36% of its connections at speeds exceeding 5 Mbps.

Here are some other interesting fun facts from the report.
* Rwanda and the Solomon Islands topped the list of slowest countries, with 95% or more of the connections to Akamai from both countries occurring at below 256 Kbps. 
* In the United States, Washington State and Virginia turned in the highest percentages of sub-256 Kbps connections. It is ironic because both states have been making a big fiber push.
* Over 323 million unique IP addresses connected to the Akamai network in Q1 2008, with 30% of those IP addresses coming 10% and US from China.
* In the first quarter, the most attacked port was Port 135 used for remote procedure calls on Microsoft operating systems was target of nearly 30% of the attacks observed throughout Q1 2008. 
If you want to read the full report, you can register and grab a copy over on Akamai’s website.

6 Responses to “Report: State of Broadband According to Akamai”

  1. It is going to be an interesting developent. As mobile broadband via 3G is now really taking off in several countries speeds will start to move in different directions. Fixed connections get faster and faster, but more and more people are swiching to 3G for lots of their internet activity. And even if the advertised speed is 7,1 – 21,3 Mbit, most people will not be close to those numbers.

    By the way, the mobile operators in Sweden are basically giving 3G mobile broadband subscriptions away at the moment. No entry fees and 6 months of free or very cheap prices. They all want to grab market share. And as summer approaches and people start spending time in their summer houses and boats, there will be a natural demand.