Global Internet Connection Speeds Are On The Rise
July 24, 2013

Web Connection Speeds Up Worldwide, US Falls To No. 9

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online

Internet connection speeds continued to improve worldwide during the first quarter of 2013, with Web connection speeds increasing 4 percent to reach a worldwide average of 3.1Mbps and average peak speed of 18.4Mbps, according to Akamai's latest State of the Internet report.

"This quarter's State of the Internet Report shows continued positive growth in terms of Internet and broadband adoption worldwide. We have seen overall increases in average and peak connection speeds along with greater broadband penetration on both a quarterly and annual basis," said David Belson, the report's editor.

The quarterly study, released Tuesday, examines factors such as network connectivity rates, security threats and broadband adoption and availability throughout the world.

The report ranked South Korea No. 1 for its average connection speed of 14.2Mbps, while Hong Kong had the highest peak connection speed of 63.6Mbps. South Korea's success was primarily due to its position as the world's top broadband nation, with half of its population subscribing to a broadband connection.

Japan was rated No. 2 for average connection speed, followed by Hong Kong, Switzerland, Netherlands, Latvia, Czech Republic, Sweden, the US and Denmark.

Within the US, the East Coast led in terms of average connection speed rankings, with Utah being the only state outside the region to rank in the top ten.

The report also shed light on some of the latest security issues on the Web, finding that attacks originated from 177 countries during the first quarter.

Just over 13% of observed attack traffic originated in North and South America, just under 19% originated in Europe and nearly 68% originated in the Asia Pacific/Oceania region, according to the report. Africa's contribution dropped compared to prior quarters, and was responsible for just half a percent, Akamai said.

Some 154 different organizations reported a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack during the quarter, with Akamai customers reporting 208 attacks. Hardest hit were enterprise customers, which received 35 percent of the reported DDoS attacks, followed by the financial industry at 32 percent and media at 22 percent. Seven percent of the attacks were directed at high-tech customers, while the public sector accounted for four percent.

"The levels of malicious activity we've observed show no signs of abating, as evidenced by the ongoing rise in DDoS attacks. This reinforces the continued need for vigilance by organizations that are conducting business and maintaining a presence on the Internet," said Belson.

Traffic from mobile devices rose 19 percent quarter-over-quarter, but doubled from the first quarter in 2012.

Average connection speeds on surveyed mobile network operators ranged from a high of 8.6 Mbps to a low of 0.4 Mbps, Akamai said. Nine operators demonstrated average connection speeds in the broadband (>4 Mbps) range, while 64 showed average connection speeds above 1 Mbps.

A summary of the report can be viewed here.