Broadband Speeds Increase Worldwide

    July 9, 2009

The United States and China were the two largest attack traffic sources, accounting for nearly 50 percent of total traffic, according to Akamai’s first quarter State of the Internet report.

The top 10 portals saw about 90 percent of the attack traffic, with more than two-thirds of the traffic likely related to the Conficker worm.

In the first quarter, one-fifth of the Internet connections around the globe were at speeds higher than 5Mbps, a 5 percent increase from the prior quarter, and nearly a 30 percent increase over the same period last year. Worldwide, the average connection speed increased by about 11 percent, growing to 1.7 Mbps, and more than 120 countries had connection speeds under Mbps.

From a global connection speed perspective, Japan surpassed South Korea for the highest levels of broadband connectivity, though South Korea maintained the highest average connection speed, at 11 Mbps.

For the first time since publishing the State of the Internet report in the first quarter of 2008, South Korea no longer had the largest percentage of connections to Akamai at speeds above 5Mbps, with a 25 percent decline. The first place spot was taken by Japan, with 57 percent of connections to Akamai at high-speed broadband levels.

Continuing a trend started in 2008, the East Coast of the United States continued to lead the country in the greatest level of broadband connectivity, with 8 of the top 10 states on the list.

Average Measured Connection Speed by State

Delaware maintained its top 10 position, with 62 percent of connections at 5Mbps or greater, and the highest average connection speed in the United States, at 7.2 Mbps. Maine has nearly quadrupled its percentage of high speed broadband connection to Akamai since the first quarter of 2008.

Largest Quarterly Increases in Measured Connection Speed