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.