State of the internet Report

Each quarter, Akamai publishes the State of the Internet Report based on this data

This quarter’s report includes data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform during the second quarter of 2016, covering Internet connection speeds and broadband adoption metrics across both fixed and mobile networks as well as trends seen in this data over time. In addition, the report includes insight into the state of IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 adoption, Internet events and disruptions that occurred during the quarter, mobile browser usage trends, and observations from Akamai partner Ericsson regarding data and voice traffic growth on mobile networks.


Data on attack traffic seen across the Akamai platform and insights into high-profile security vulnerabilities and attacks are now published in a separate State of the Internet/Security Report. The quarterly security report provides timely information about the origins, tactics, types, and targets of cyberattacks, including quarterover-quarter and year-over-year attack traffic trends as well as case studies highlighting emerging cybersecurity issues.


Internet Connectivity

Akamai observed a 1.0% quarterly decrease in the number of unique IPv4 addresses connecting to the Akamai Intelligent Platform, declining to just over 800 million — about 8 million fewer than in the first quarter. In all, roughly 4.3 million IPv4 addresses were allocated or assigned from available pools at the Regional Internet Registries in the second quarter, leaving approximately 50.5 million addresses remaining. Belgium remained the clear global leader in IPv6 adoption with 38% of its connections to Akamai happening over IPv6, up 5.1% from the previous quarter.


Connection Speeds & Broadband Adoption

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The global average connection speed decreased 2.3% quarter over quarter to 6.1 Mbps, while the global average peak connection speed increased 3.7% to 36.0 Mbps. At a country/region level, South Korea continued to have the highest average connection speed in the world at 27.0 Mbps, reflecting a 7.2% decline compared with the first quarter, while Singapore maintained its position as the country with the highest average peak connection speed at 157.3 Mbps after a 7.1% quarterly increase. Globally, 4 Mbps broadband adoption was 76% in the second quarter, up 4.3% from the first quarter, with Andorra having with the highest level of adoption worldwide at 97% (followed closely by Malta and South Korea, also with 97% adoption rates). Globally, the 10 Mbps adoption rate grew 0.7% quarter over quarter to 35%, but the 15 Mbps and 25 Mbps adoption rates fell 0.8% and 2.1% respectively, to 21% and 8.3%. As it has for many quarters, South Korea continued to lead the world in the 10 Mbps, 15 Mbps, and 25 Mbps broadband tiers, with adoption rates of 79%, 63%, and 37% respectively, after moderate quarterly declines in adoption across all three tiers.



Average mobile connection speeds (aggregated at a country/region level) ranged from a high of 23.1 Mbps in the United Kingdom to a low of 2.2 Mbps in Venezuela in the second quarter of 2016, while average peak mobile connection speeds ranged from 172.8 Mbps in Germany to 16.1 Mbps in Bolivia. Based on traffic data collected by Ericsson, the volume of mobile data traffic grew by 11% over the previous quarter.


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The Akamai Intelligent Platform indicates that for traffic from mobile devices on cellular networks, Apple Mobile Safari accounted for roughly 32% of requests, while Android Webkit and Chrome Mobile (the two primary Android browser bases) together accounted for approximately 59% of requests. For traffic from mobile devices across all networks, Apple Mobile Safari was responsible for about 39% of requests, while Android Webkit and Chrome Mobile made up nearly 52% of requests.


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