State of the Internet: the internet’s getting faster in lesser-developed countries

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In many parts of the world, countries with sparse or underdeveloped internet infrastructure are getting a technology boost. But the upgrade in network speeds has also created new opportunities for hacker attacks, according to Akamai’s State of the Internet report.

Akamai2013Q1AttacksSince this time last year, the average internet speed among the 117 countries that qualified for the quarterly study has grown by 17 percent to 3.1 Mbps, with a number of countries — including Ecuador, Guatemala, Iraq and Indonesia — seeing double-digit growth. While connection speeds in many underdeveloped countries places are still well below global averages (at speeds of close to 1Mbps)  these developing areas are prioritizing internet growth.

Better internet infrastructure, of course, also means more opportunities for hackers to ply their trade, and no country has seen a boom in nefarious traffic like Indonesia. The country now follows only China in that respect, and is responsible for 21% of attack traffic by IP address — 30 times the figure in last Akamai report, at the end of 2012. Asia as a whole, Asia is responsible for nearly 68% of all attack traffic in the world — DDoS and other attempts to target the U.S. and other countries.

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Asia continues to be the region with the fastest internet connections, with South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong holding the top three spots in the world. Switzerland Netherlands had the top average speeds in Europe. The United States is ninth globally on average interet speeds and is no longer even on the top-10 list for best peak connection speeds.

On mobile, Android remains the platform of choice worldwide, accounting for nearly 44% of web requests, while Apple’s Safari managed just over 30%.

The State of the Internet report is Akamai’s quarterly analysis of internet connection and behaviors through data gathered by the company’s globally distributed server system, the Intelligent Platform. The report covers desktop and mobile internet connections in up to 123 countries all over the world.

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