Akamai Technologies, Inc. has released the second edition of its quarterly ‘State of the Internet’ report, which provides insights into key Internet statistics, such as origin of attack traffic, network outages and broadband connectivity levels across the globe.
According to the study, during the months of April, May, and June of 2008, over 346 million unique IP addresses connected to the Akamai global server network, 5 per cent more than during the first three months of the year. Extrapolating data gathered across Akamai’s network, the ‘State of the Internet’ report analyses the origins of attack traffic, network outages and de-peering events, as well as provides a look at broadband connectivity by geography.
Insights on India
Akamai’s global network saw 2.1 million unique IPs from India, with the country ranking 14th in terms of unique IPs, a growth of 4.5 per cent over the last quarter. India had 0.002 IPs per capita – translating to two unique IP addresses per 1,000 people. India ranked 15th in terms of attack traffic origination in Q2, contributing 1 per cent to observed global attack traffic – last quarter India was ranked at 10th.
The percentage of broadband connections from India with speeds above 5 Mbps (high broadband) and 2 Mbps (broadband) were 0.6 per cent and 4.6 per cent, respectively. India’s high broadband IP per capita was .00001 (1 IP with speeds above 5 Mbps per 100,000 people). The percentage of connections with speeds less than 256 Kbps from India was 26 per cent.
Commenting on the report, Sanjay Singh, Vice President-Global Services & Support, Akamai, said, “Our global network of 36,000 servers across 70 countries enables us to offer unique insight into how the Internet is being leveraged around the world. While the report notes that India has just 2 unique IPs per 1,000 people on average, we believe India’s Internet penetration will significantly increase in the coming years, thanks in part to the economic boom and increasing IT adoption. Akamai is in a unique position to be able to closely monitor the trends in India regarding Internet consumption, and to share those findings in this quarterly report.”
Findings from the report also include a closer look at the trend of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to continue to target exploits that were identified years ago, suggesting there is still a significant population of insufficiently patched systems connected to the Internet.