Global content delivery network (CDN) and cloud services provider Akamai Technologies has released its Fourth Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report on key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.
While the global average internet connection speed increased 23% to 5.6 Mbps in the quarter ended December 2015 compared to the same period of 2014, the report paints a sordid picture of connectivity growth in India, which according to it, has the lowest average peak connection speed at 21.2 Mbps in Asia. Singapore has the highest at 135.7 Mbps.
India also has the lowest average connection speed in Asia at 2.8 Mbps, while South Korea has the highest at 26.7 Mbps.
“From a global perspective, the average connection speed increased 8.6% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) and 23% year-over-year (YoY) to 5.6 Mbps, while the global average peak connection speed increased 1% QoQ, and increased 21% YoY to 32.5 Mbps,” the report stated.
“This quarter’s report shows great year-over-year growth in average connection speeds and overall broadband adoption,” noted David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report.
“This is particularly important as consumer expectations rise and many high-profile events, like the summer games in Rio, will be streamed this year. The progress we’re seeing across our key metrics shows that, while there’s still work to be done, more parts of the world are increasingly able to support the delivery of broadcast-quality video content online.”
Highlights from Akamai’s Fourth Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report:
Internet and Broadband Adoption
- The UK had the fastest average mobile connection speed at 26.8 Mbps
- China held the second-lowest spot globally for 10 Mbps adoption with a 1.6% adoption rate in the fourth quarter, a modest 1.9% increase from the third quarter
- The global 15 Mbps adoption rate grew a sizeable 54%, with 9 of the top 10 countries/regions seeing gains
- South Korea posted a 40% gain in 15 Mbps adoption in Q4 2015 and is the clear leader in 15 Mbps broadband adoption with a 63% adoption rate
- All of the top 10 countries/regions had quarterly gains in 25 Mbps adoption rates, ranging from 9.8% in Hong Kong to 55% in South Korea – which cemented its top spot again with a 37% adoption rate.
IPv4 and IPv6
- More than 810 million unique IPv4 addresses from 243 unique countries/regions connected to the Internet through Akamai
- Global percentage of unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai that met the 4 Mbps broadband speed threshold increased by 5.8% to 69%
- Approximately 70% of the countries/regions had higher unique IPv4 address counts in the fourth quarter compared with one year ago.