Global average internet connection speed increases 15 percent YoY: Report

India ranked 89 globally with an average connection speed (IPv4) of 6.5 Mbps, marking an 87 percent YoY change.

 

AKAMAI TECHNOLOGIES Jun 02nd 2017

Akamai Technologies, one of the world’s largest cloud delivery platform, announced the release of its First Quarter, 2017 State of the Internet Report. The report includes data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform about attack traffic, broadband adoption, mobile connectivity and other relevant topics concerning the Internet and its usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time. 

Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation. The report includes data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform about attack traffic, broadband adoption, mobile connectivity and other relevant topics concerning the Internet and its usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time. 

India ranked 89 globally with an Average Connection Speed (IPv4) of 6.5 Mbps, marking an 87 percent YoY change. 

Global Average and Peak Connection Speeds and Global Broadband Adoption

• Global average connection speed was 7.2 Mbps (an increase of 15 percent year over year).

• Global average peak connection speed increased 28 percent year over year to 44.6 Mbps in the first quarter.

• South Korea again had the highest average connection speed globally at 28.6 Mbps in the first quarter.

• Singapore had the highest peak connection speed at 184.5 Mbps in the first quarter.

• Global 4, 10, 15 and 25 Mbps broadband adoption rates increased 13 percent, 29 percent, 33 percent and 42 percent year over year, respectively. 

India saw an IPv6 adoption of 17 percent in Q1 2017 along with a QoQ change of 21 percent. 

IPv4 and IPv6

- In the first quarter of 2017, more than 814 million unique IPv4 addresses connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform, which is a 0.7 percent increase as compared to the first quarter of 2016.

- Belgium remained the clear global leader in IPv6 adoption with 38 percent of its connections to Akamai occurring over IPv6 (down 19 percent from the previous quarter). 

 Mobile

- Average mobile connection speeds ranged from a high of 26 Mbps in the United Kingdom to a low of 2.8 Mbps in Venezuela.

- Germany had the highest peak mobile connection speed at 200 Mbps in the first quarter.

- Among the qualifying surveyed countries/regions, 37 had an average mobile connection speed at or exceeding the 10 Mbps broadband threshold (up from 30 in the previous quarter), while 70 achieved average speeds at or above the 4 Mbps broadband level (up from 58).

 Disruptions

- Traffic to Gabon on Feb. 18th and 19th dropped to approximately 25 percent of normal levels due to an outage of unknown cause that affected eight of the country’s networks.

- The Iraqi government continued its practice of blocking Internet access to prevent cheating during national middle- and high-school exams, impacting traffic on several days in February.

- Due to a cut in a submarine cable providing connectivity to Madagascar, traffic to the country dropped suddenly and significantly on January 25th this year and did not recover to normal levels until nearly three weeks later.

- A submarine cable break also impacted traffic to the Marshall Islands for more than three weeks during which Internet access was restricted to email only, with certain businesses allowed web access on a rotating basis.