Akamai’s ‘State of the Internet’ Highlights the Challenges and Opportunities for Internet Penetration and Broadband Adoption in India

- India ranks #17 globally in terms of unique IP addresses, #7 in terms of attack traffic origination, #109 in terms of connectivity speed
- Global average connection speed increased 23 percent year over year to 2.1 Mbps, while India’s average connection speed increased by only 0.7percent to 0.8 Mbps

Akamai Technologies the leading provider of cloud optimization services, today released its 1st Quarter, 2011 State of the Internet report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Internet platform, which carries between 15-30 percent of the world’s Web traffic at any one time, the report provides insight into key India statistics including number of IP addresses, attack traffic,average connection speed and broadband adoption.

Highlights on India from Akamai’s 2011 first quarter report:

Internet Penetration
In the first quarter of 2011, approximately 7 million unique IP addresses from India connected to the Akamai Internet platform. This equates to 6 unique IPs per 1,000 people on average and represents 21 percent more IP addresses than connected in the fourth quarter of 2010. China had 73.5 million unique IP addresses, growing at 9.4 percent quarter over quarter and the United States had 142.6million unique IP addresses, growing at 3.9 percent quarter over quarter, connecting to Akamai during the same period.

Connectivity & Speed
In the first quarter of 2011, the average connection speed from India was 0.8 Mbps, growing at 0.7 percent quarter over quarter. China averaged a connection speed of 1.0 Mbps, while the United States averaged 5.3 Mbps. The percentage of narrowband connections from India (speeds below 256 kbps) was at 35 percent, while the percentage of broadband connections (speeds above 2 Mbps) was at 4.9 percent.

As a result of Akamai’s recently announced partnership with Ericsson, the report now includes data collected by the equipment provider. In total, overall mobile data traffic as measured by Ericsson experienced 130 percent yearly growth in the first quarter, and is now more than double the volume of voice traffic.

Attack Traffic
Latest findings show significant change in Q1 2011 as it relates to the source of attack traffic. India was ranked #7 globally for attack traffic origination, and was the source of 3.8 percent of the observed attack traffic. Among other changes, the United States rose from 5th to 2nd, accounting for 10 percent of observed global attack traffic. Russia dropped into 4th place, accounting for 7.7 percent of global observed attack traffic, down from 10 percent in the previous quarter.

Commenting on thereport, Sanjay Singh, Managing Director – India, Akamai Technologies, said, “Our global platform of nearly 100,000 servers, in 74 countries, across 1000+ networks, provides us with a unique vantage point of Internet adoption in India and allows us to compare data with other developing and developed countries. The number of unique IP addresses connecting to our platform from India grew by 21 percent in Q1. India is clearly at the cusp of a mobile data explosion and it will be interesting to track how the newly launched 3G networks will shape the trends in the coming quarters.”

With the State of the Internet report entering its fourth year of providing quarterly analysis, Akamai has released a new data visualization tool showcasing trends by geography in several measured categories. The tool allows users to generate and download graphs highlighting average connection speed, averagepeak connection speed, and high broadband/broadband/narrowband adoption rates. In addition, the online tool offers quick, easy and customized views of trend data since the report was first published at the beginning of 2008.

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