High-Speed Broadband Adoption by India Lowest Worldwide: Akamai

In Q3 2013 attack traffic on the internet grew to 83%, broadband adoption rates of 10 Mbps speed spiked by 31% and mobile data traffic grew 10% QoQ.

A recent report on the state of the internet has found that attack traffic in the third quarter of 2013 grew marginally to 83%, internet and broadband adoption rates by users with at least 10 Mbps speeds spiked by 31% and mobile data traffic growth by 10% QoQ. India however, performed poorly when it came to high-speed broadband connectivity adoption at both a regional and global level.


In the third quarter of 2013, attack traffic originated out of IP addresses in 185 different countries says the report by Akamai. Of the overall, 1.9% of all attack traffic originated from India. China saw an increase in attacks, growing to 35% and the US by 11%.

cyber attacks

Majority of those attacked were enterprise and commerce customers with 70% of all attacks targeted at them. Of the ports that were attacked the most was port 445 with 23% of attacks, while attacks on ports 80 and 443 declined further from the second quarter to just over 27% put together.

Internet and Broadband Connectivity

In terms of worldwide adoption of broadband, 19% of users used a broadband speed of less than 10 Mbps, a 31% spike from the previous quarter. Users adopting broadband with speeds of less than 4 Mbps grew to 53% QoQ. 70% of all broadband adoption in the third quarter of 2013 took place in South Korea. India had the lowest level of adoption when it came to  high-speed broadband in the Asia-Pacific region and globally as well. Among the 55 qualifying countries, India saw the lowest level of adoption with only 0.3% adoption. In the Asia-Pacific region, India had connection speeds as low as 1.4 Mbps, despite a 11% spike from the previous quarter.

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High Broadband (>10 Mbps) Connectivity
by Asia Pacific Country/Region

Global average connection speeds saw a spike says the report. It grew by 10% to 3.6 Mbps even as the average connection peak globally fell by 5.2% to 17.9 Mbps. Hong Kong had the highest average peak connection speed of 65.4 Mbps.

Mobile Connectivity

In the third quarter of 2013, mobile data traffic increased by 80% sequentially and 10% QoQ. In terms of internet connection speeds provided by mobile networks, average connection speeds ranged from 9.5 – 0.6 Mbps at the lowest point. Peak connection speeds were between 49.8 Mbps and 2.4 Mbps.



When it came to mobile phone networks and using of Android Webkit vs Apple Mobile Safari browsers, 38% of all requests came from Android Webkit users while 23.8% were from the latter. For overall mobile devices, Apple’s Safari accounted for 47% of all requests, while Android was two-thirds of this.

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