The Internet is getting faster, a lot bigger and a lot more mobile, but some mobile users are shifting quickly from cellular network connections to other WLANs, according to the latest State of the Internet report from Akamai Technologies.
The report, based on performance data from Akamai’s global Content Distribution Network (CDN), showed the average peak Internet-connection speed increased 0.1 percent to 18.9Mbit/sec between the first quarter and the second, but rose 17 percent when compared to a year ago. The average global connection speed was 3.3 Mbit/sec.
Hong Kong remains the Internet speed king with an average bandwidth of 65.1Mbit/sec, followed by South Korea with 50.1 Mbit/sec. But the U.S. stayed in the doldrums with an average connection speed of 8.6 Mbit/sec and peak connection speed averaging 36.6 Mbit/sec.
The second quarter of 2013 was also the first since the quarterly report series started in 2008 during which more than half of all connections to Akamai networks ran at more than 4 Mbit/sec., according to the report.
The amount of traffic attributable to DDOS and other attacks rose in most of the 175 countries from which they originated, though Indonesia became the most frequent source of attacks after its traffic almost doubled, from 21 percent of all Internet attack traffic to 38 percent. China, which is normally in the top spot, dropped from 34 percent of all global Internet traffic during the first quarter to 33 percent during the second.
The United States kept its place as the third most frequent source of attacks, but dropped from 8.3 percent of all attack traffic during the first quarter to 6.9 percent during the second.
Akamai offered no explanation for the shift, but did say the 10 top-listed countries generated 89 percent of observed attacks. Its analysis tracks the originating IP address for an attack, even though attackers often mask their activities by spoofing someone else’s address.
The number of active IP addresses rose above 752 million; because more than one user can be represented by each address, Akamai estimated the total number of users connected to the global Web at more than 1 billion during the first quarter.
The volume of Internet traffic crossing mobile networks nearly doubled compared to 2012, and rose 14 percent between the first quarter and the second, according to the report. Android still leads the portion of the wireless web connected via cellular networks, accounting for 38 percent of all mobile Internet requests, compared to Apple’s Safari with 34 percent.
Measuring both WiFi and cellular wireless nets together, however, Safari’s share rose to 54 percent of all traffic compared to Android with 27.6 percent.
That dramatic shift in usage numbers shows Apple users are far more likely to save their Internet browsing for WiFi or other wireless networks than Android users, though Akamai did not address the trend specifically.
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