-- More than 666 million IP addresses from 238 countries/regions connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform(TM) during the quarter -- Approximately 42 percent of observed attack traffic originated in the Asia Pacific/Oceania region -- South Korea continues to offer highest average connection speed; Hong Kong takes the top spot for highest average peak connection speed -- Report incorporates new definitions for terms "broadband" and "high broadband" to be consistent with definitions used in China, United States and by European Commission Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading cloud platform for helping enterprises provide secure, high-performing user experiences on any device, anywhere, today released its First Quarter, 2012 State of the Internet report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform(TM), the report provides insight into key global statistics such as Internet penetration, mobile connection speeds, origins of attack traffic, and global and regional connection speeds.
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The First Quarter, 2012 State of the Internet report also provides analysis of first quarter Internet outages reported in Iran and Australia. Traffic patterns from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform into those regions show the impact to Internet access and the duration of these outages.
Highlights from Akamai's 2012 first quarter report:
Global Internet Penetration
More than 666 million unique IP addresses from 238 countries and regions around the world connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform in the first quarter of 2012. This represents a six percent increase when compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 and almost a 14 percent increase versus the first quarter of 2011.
The unique IP address count across the top 10 connecting countries represented nearly 66 percent of the global figure, a concentration level approximately one percent lower than in the fourth quarter of 2011. When looking at year-over-year changes in IP address connections, China, Brazil, Italy, and Russia all once again maintained growth rates in excess of 20 percent.
Following the World IPv6 Launch in June, where a number of organizations permanently "turned on" IPv6 support for their web sites, Akamai anticipates beginning to see a greater number of IPv6 connections. This will also be driven by providers rolling out native IPv6 connectivity to their subscribers, and greater availability of popular content over IPv6.
Attack Traffic and Top Ports Attacked
Akamai maintains a distributed set of agents deployed across the Internet that monitor attack traffic. Based on data collected by these agents, Akamai is able to identify the top countries from which attack traffic originates as well as the top ports targeted by these attacks.
In the first quarter of 2012, more than 42 percent of observed attack traffic originated in the Asia Pacific/Oceania region; Europe originated approximately