Updated: State of the Internet: Globally, Broadband Continues to Grow

Updated with new maps from Akamai: Akamai (s akam), a Cambridge, Mass.-based company that has built a content delivery network that spans the globe, will soon be releasing the latest edition of its “State of The Internet” report, which looks at some of the key Internet developments, including growth in network speeds, actual connections and the number of web sites. I got an early look at the first-quarter 2009 report, from which I have cobbled together some interesting stats. globalspeeds.jpg

  • Akamai observed a nearly 5 percent increase (from the fourth quarter of 2008) globally in the number of unique IP addresses connecting to its network. The year-over-year change was 27.51 percent, while the U.S. saw a 20 percent jump in unique IPs. China saw a 37 percent year-over-year annual gain in unique IP addresses.
  • In the first quarter of 2009, one-fifth of the Internet connections around the world were at speeds greater than 5 Mbps, up 5 percent from the prior quarter and nearly 30 percent higher than the first quarter of 2008.
  • WiMAX is gaining traction around the planet. Many of us focus on Clearwire in the U.S. and often overlook the growth of WiMAX in emerging economies such as Eastern Europe, the Baltics and Africa.
  • Plans for four new submarine cables were announced that would bring more bandwidth to the African continent, which is also seeing a massive mobile phone boom, thus driving the need for more bandwidth. These cables include Glo-1 launched by Nigerian operators Globalcom.


  • Fiber networks to consumer homes and businesses are growing at a rapid speed in places such as Europe and Asia. In Latvia, for example Lattelecom Group, the national operator is planning to launch a FTTH network with access speeds of up to 500 Mbps by end of 2009 and eventually going to 10 Gbps.
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  • Akamai believes that it sees approximately 1 billion users per day, though we see only approximately 420 million unique IP addresses.
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  • In the U.S., Delaware is the fastest state, with average speed of 7.2 Mbps. New York clocks in at 5.722 Mbps. California doesn’t merit a spot in the top 10.
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  • Utah and Iowa lead the high-speed sweepstakes in the U.S., thanks to projects such as Utopia.
  • globalspeeds5.jpg Related: State of the Internet reports, Q1 2008 and Q4 2008 Report