Akamai releases first "State of the Internet'' report

By on May 30, 2008, 5:10 PM
Akamai Technologies has just released its first State of the Internet report, and indeed with a massive amount of servers monitoring traffic within and between networks in 70 countries, the company may very well have the world’s most comprehensive view of Internet usage. The content delivery network operator gathered data across its entire global server network between January and March of this year to look at Internet usage trends, and its findings reveal some interesting tidbits.

Unsurprisingly South Korea is still years ahead of the rest of the world in broadband speed, with 64 percent of its connections qualifying as ‘high broadband’ (over 5Mbps), while by that same metric the US scored a mere 20 percent. The slowest in the list were Rwanda and Solomon Islands, with 95 percent or more of the connections to Akamai occurring below 256 Kbps. Within the US, the states that had the greatest levels of high broadband were Delaware, Rhode Island, New York, Nevada, and Oklahoma.

On the security front, the report looked at traffic such as DDoS attacks and hacking attempts and found China responsible for almost 17 percent of such traffic, with the US a close second at 14 percent. You can register and grab a copy of the complete report over at Akamai’s website for some additional info including detailed global broadband penetration data and most common Internet threats.




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thejedislayer said:
Of course, we're one of the most developed nations in the world, but we're definitely lagging behind on Internet speed for Americans.
Nirkon said:
by 5mpbs do you mean actually 5 Megabytes per second? or 500KBPS actual download speed?because here in Israel most connections still range between 750K (100KBPS) and 5MB (380KBPS). The fastest net here is 10MB (1000KBPS).
fenceman said:
As someone involved in electronics [radar/mainframes] for military and civil aviation, I'm appalled at the state of deterioration of US infrastructure. I recently witness my local telecom burying miles of copper. Our corporate management/educators needs to have that copper cable tied around them and dumped 10 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico a told to swim! The total lack of concern by management and our lobbist controlled political system to get the job done right reminds me of the the fall of the Roman Empire which collapsed from within.
spydercanopus said:
[b]Originally posted by Nirkon:[/b][quote]by 5mpbs do you mean actually 5 Megabytes per second? or 500KBPS actual download speed?because here in Israel most connections still range between 750K (100KBPS) and 5MB (380KBPS). The fastest net here is 10MB (1000KBPS).[/quote]If there is a lower case b it's "bit". An upper case B means Byte. A bit is 1/8th of a byte (generally).
thejedislayer said:
[b]Originally posted by fenceman:[/b][quote]As someone involved in electronics [radar/mainframes] for military and civil aviation, I'm appalled at the state of deterioration of US infrastructure. I recently witness my local telecom burying miles of copper. Our corporate management/educators needs to have that copper cable tied around them and dumped 10 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico a told to swim! The total lack of concern by management and our lobbist controlled political system to get the job done right reminds me of the the fall of the Roman Empire which collapsed from within. [/quote]I would have to agree with you about the United States crumbling from within like the Roman Empire did. Our political system is totally in shambles right now, and people themselves are beginning to have more of a set mind that there's not much they can do as a whole or one to help shape and change America for the better. We spend tons more on our military then any other country in the world, our economy is going into a recession, and, in my personal opinion, our political leaders as a whole aren't making the right and best decisions for America. So, to steal a quote from Star Wars, "The day we stop believing democracy can work is the day we lose it." - Queen Jamillia
Finchy said:
The internet is like a cloud of fungal spores, best not to get too deep or it may not be healthyHere in Uk we are put to shame by France (coughTrafalgerWaterlooAgincourt) and its internet speed, her in Cumbria I have up to 8mbps broadbands, but my downloads rarely top 60kbps although I have seen it occasionally go up to 300.I bet SUDAN has faster internet than i do
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