Akamai recently released its Fourth Quarter, 2011 State of the Internet report. The report suggests that more than 628 million unique IP addresses from 236 countries and regions connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform, representing 2.1 percent more IP addresses than connected in the third quarter of 2011, and an increase of 13 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. Total observed attack traffic aggregated by region shows that Asia Pacific/Oceania generated 45 percent of such attack traffic, Europe 33 percent, the Americas just less than 20 percent, and Africa a mere two percent. The top 10 ports account for 65 percent of the observed attacks.
The United Kingdom represented the most significant quarter-over-quarter increase at 13 percent, increasing to more than 25 million IP addresses. Russia’s 6.9 percent growth to almost 14 million IP addresses represented the next largest percentage growth rate. A 3.4 percent increase in China brought that country’s unique IP address total to more than 84 million. In terms of attack traffic and top ports attacked, China, at 13 percent, generated the most attack. The United States (10 percent) and Indonesia (7.6 percent) rounded out the top three.
The top spot in high broadband adoption was taken by South Korea, with 83 percent of the country’s connections to Akamai above 5 Mbps. Within the list of top 10 countries for high broadband adoption, seven are in Europe. The Netherlands, which reached 67 percent high broadband adoption, is ahead of all European nations and number two on the top 10 list. The United States ranks twelfth at 44 percent. The average measured connection speed for known mobile providers worldwide ranged from a high of slightly more than 5 Mbps to a low of 163 kbps. Approximately 75 percent of the surveyed providers had average connection speeds above 1 Mbps.
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