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Akamai released their 2013 State of the Internet Report, which provides insight into key global statistics including network connectivity and connection speeds, attack traffic, broadband trends and availability, and IPv6 adoption.

Highlights from the report include:

  • Reported DDoS attack traffic grows by 23% quarter-over-quarter, up by 75% from fourth quarter of 2012
  • Enterprise and commerce sectors targeted most frequently
  • China was again the top source of attack traffic, growing to 43% of measured attack traffic
  • Port 445 was again the most targeted, growing to 30% of observed attacks
  • Average connection speeds in top 10 countries/regions now at/above the “high broadband” threshold of 10 Mbps
  • Global average peak connection speed experiences 38 percent growth in 2013; Hong Kong tops list with highest average peak connection speed of 68 Mbps

This quarterly report also includes data gathered 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.

Other highlights include:

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attack Traffic

  • Although the number of DDoS attacks reported by Akamai customers declined from the second quarter (318) to the third quarter of 2013 (281), reported attacks increased 23% from the third quarter to the fourth quarter (346) of the same year. In total, customers reported 1,153 DDoS attacks in 2013 – a 50% increase from 768 in 2012

Global Internet Penetration

  • In the fourth quarter of 2013, more than 780 million IPv4 addresses from 238 unique countries/regions connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform. This translates to nearly 3% more than in the third quarter and 10% more than in the fourth quarter of 2012

IPv6 Adoption

  • The United States and some European countries continue to lead the world in terms of IPv6 adoption, with Europe again having seven of the top 10 leading countries. Japan and Peru are the only countries from their respective regions to make the top 10 list. Double-digit percentage growth rates were seen in eight of the top 10 countries, with Peru and Germany seeing the largest increases, at 41% and 43%, respectively

Mobile Connectivity

  • In the fourth quarter of 2013, average connection speeds on surveyed mobile network providers ranged from a high of 8.9 Mbps (Russian mobile provider RU-1) down to a low of 0.6 Mbps (mobile provider ZA-1 in South Africa). The high is down just slightly from the 9.5 Mbps reported in the third quarter of 2013

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