Akamai has released their quarterly Internet Analysis Document, named “State of the Internet.” It is a 32 page document that goes in depth into the, well… state of the internet today.

I am going to explore some of the points that stood out for me.Internet Speed

The current speed of internet connectivity worldwide is bit lower on average than I expected. The international average internet speed was 1.7Mbps. Interesting that according to Akamai, the threshold for true “Broadband” is 2Mbps.

The average MAX internet connectivity worldwide was 6.4Mbps Q1 2010.

Here’s a kicker – the figures was 4.7% WORSE quarter on quarter. Average max and average speeds are going down at this time.


Interesting stuff here, in Africa the country with the highest average mobile connection speed is South Africa, with an average connection speed of 465kbps.

The country in Africa with the highest average MAX connection speed is Nigeria with an average maximum of 2962kbps

Attack Vectors

Russia was the largest source of attacks on the Internet with 12% of attacks originating from it. Surprisingly the US was the second largest sourcem with 10%, for all the publicity that China has received of late they “only” came a close third with 9.1% of attacks originating from there.

As for attacked ports, port 445 (Microsoft DS) was the largest target, with 75% of all attacks targeted at it. Second largest was port 22 (ssh) with 6.3% of all attack traffic.

I must say I expected China to rank much higher than it did given the amount of publicity it has received, and also the implicit encouraging given to crackers by the Chinese government.


The Akamai document covers a lot of groun, to much to cover in depth here. Besides, I respect the amount of effort they put into it, so I will refrain from giving all the stats in it to you – rather I will provide a download link in the summary. Yes registration is required.

Other things that stood out is the prevalence of Asian countries as far as broadband speed is concerned, especially Japan and South Korea. In fact, South Korea is the world leader in broadband speed, eight of the top ten cities with the fastest broadband internet are in South Korea, with the other two in Japan.

The US on the other hand holds the largest chunk of the world’s 487million odd unique IP adresses – 129million. China is second with about 57million.

All the countries in the top ten of countries with most unique IP adresses have shown growth, with the US growing 11% year on year and China growing 30% year on year. That means that China and the US grew about at the same pace year on year IP address wise, I am too lazy now to do exact math but you are looking at about a million IP adresses added over the year for each.


The Akamai quarterly “State of the Internet” is a must read for everyone in the IT industry who works with Internet Connectivity.

Besides the topics I focused on above there are more granular breakdowns and charts on a wide range of topics.

It really helps you to build a picture of what is going on with the Internet worldwide today.

Get the document from the Akamai site: DOWNLOAD LINK

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