World average internet connection speeds have increased to 2.6 Mbps in the first quarter of 2012 up from 2.3 Mbps at the end of 2011, says cloud platform leader Akamai in its recent “State of the Internet” report. Year-on-year, this new speed marks a 25% rise.
Better infrastructure, faster networks, more sophisticated technology and higher competition are said to be the leading drivers of the change.
Akamai, who monitors internet traffic on a quarterly basis, lists the following nations as the top-five for fastest internet connections: South Korea (15.7 Mbps), Japan (10.9 Mbps), Hong Kong (9.3 Mbps), the Netherlands and Latvia (both at 8.8 Mbps).
The US ranked 12 on the list (6.7 Mbps).
Mobile broadband also saw increases, with a provider Germany in offering the fastest mobile broadband network at 6 Mbps.
Cyber Attacks Up
As broadband speed has increased, so have the number of cyber attacks. According to the report, nations reporting the most cyber attacks are China and the US, with China logging 16% and the US reporting 11% of internet attack traffic in the first three months of 2012. Both of these figures are up from last quarter.
In the past four years, the US has attracted 7%-23% of internet attack traffic. Akamai spokesman Rob Morton told PC World: "As for attack traffic, we really don't have visibility into why one country or another may be the source of a greater percentage of traffic from one quarter to the next."
Most attacks involve malware and stealing passwords, with denial-of-service attacks also on the increase.
Key Statistics – Global Mobile Broadband Market (source: MarketLine)
- The global mobile broadband industry had total revenue of $229 billion in 2011 for a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38% from 2007 to 2011.
- Industry consumption volume increased with a CAGR of 39% between 2007 and 2011, to reach a total of 1.1 billion subscribers in 2011.
- The performance of the industry is forecast to decelerate, with an anticipated CAGR of 26% for the five-year period 2011-2016, which is expected to drive the industry to a value of $726 billion by the end of 2016.