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Akamai Releases Fourth Quarter 2013 'State of the Internet' Report

- Reported DDoS attack traffic grows by 23 percent quarter-over-quarter, up by 75 percent from fourth quarter of 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, today released its Fourth Quarter, 2013 State of the Internet Report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as network connectivity and connection speeds, attack traffic, broadband trends and availability, and IPv6 adoption. It also includes measurements of page load times using Akamai's real user monitoring (RUM) capabilities, and provides insights on Akamai traffic activity related to Internet disruptions in Syria, Suriname, Guyana, Libya and Cuba.

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Data and graphics from the Fourth Quarter, 2013 State of the Internet Report can also be found on the Akamai blog and through the Akamai State of the Internet app for iPads and iPhones.

Highlights from Akamai's Fourth Quarter, 2013 State of the Internet Report:

Global Average and Average Peak Connection Speeds
The global average connection speed continued to improve, with a quarterly increase of 5.5%, reaching 3.8 Mbps. Despite this improvement, half of the countries/regions listed among the top 10 in global average connection speeds – including the top four countries/regions – actually saw nominal declines quarter-over-quarter, ranging from a loss of 0.7% in the Netherlands to a drop of 6.7% in Latvia. Despite a 1.1% decline in average connection speed, South Korea held the top spot from quarter to quarter, reporting the highest average connection speed of 21.9 Mbps.

Interestingly, quarterly increases seen in Ireland (8.4% increase to 10.4 Mbps) and the United States (2% increase to 10 Mbps) helped push both countries to average connection speeds of 10 Mbps or more, marking the first time that all of the top 10 countries/regions had average connection speeds at/above the "high broadband" threshold. 

Overall, 133 qualifying countries/regions ended the year with higher average connection speeds than the year before, contributing to an increase of 27% from the end of 2012. Both South Korea and Ireland experienced year-over-year growth of more than 50%, at 57% and 59%, respectively. The smallest yearly increase among the top 10 was seen in Latvia, which added 11% during the course of 2013. 

Global average peak connection speeds recovered from a small decline in the third quarter of 2013 with impressive improvement of 30% to 23.2 Mbps in the fourth quarter. A total of 138 qualifying countries/regions – and all of the top 10 – experienced higher average peak connection speeds than in the third quarter, with increases ranging from 1.3% in South Korea to 179% in Libya, which improved to 15.8 Mbps. Hong Kong and South Korea boast the highest average peak connection speeds and remain the only two countries/regions above 60 Mbps, at 68 Mbps and 64.4 Mbps, respectively.

Year over year, the global average peak connection speeds increased 38% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. In total, 134 countries/regions experienced annual improvement in average peak connection speeds, ranging from 2.5% in Chile (to 20.3 Mbps) to 163% in Uruguay (to 36.7 Mbps). The country with the lowest average peak connection speed was Iran, at 5.5 Mbps, which was up 20% from the third quarter and 103% year over year.

Global high broadband (>10 Mbps) adoption rates in the fourth quarter slowed from previous, double-digit percentage growth to a quarterly increase of 1.6%, staying at 19%. Year-over-year improvement was strong, however, with the global high broadband adoption rate increasing by 56% from the fourth quarter of 2012.

Quarter-over-quarter, the global broadband adoption rate grew 4.3%, with 55% of all connections to Akamai taking place at speeds of 4 Mbps or above. South Korea and Switzerland topped the list at 94% and 91% adoption, respectively. By the end of 2013, a total of 83 qualifying countries/regions experienced year-over-year growth in their broadband adoption rates. This resulted in global broadband adoption growing 27% year-over-year in 2013.

"We've reached a significant milestone in the improvement of average connection speeds," said David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report. "The fact that all of the top 10 countries/regions' average connection speeds are now at or exceeding the high broadband threshold – and continued strong growth in countries like South Korea and Ireland – is indicative of the progress that's being made in broadband penetration. It's reasonable to expect these promising trends will continue to be reflected in future reports."

Attack Traffic and Security
Akamai maintains a distributed set of unadvertised agents deployed across the Internet to log connection attempts that the company classifies as attack traffic. Based on the 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. It is important to note, however, that the originating country as identified by the source IP address may not represent the nation in which an attacker resides.

During the fourth quarter of 2013, Akamai identified 188 countries/regions that originated observed attack traffic, which are three more than last quarter. China maintained its position as the country that originated the most observed attack traffic, with quarter-over-quarter growth from 35% to 43%. It was followed by the United States at 19% (up from 11%) and Canada – which grew by 25 times quarter-over-quarter to 10%. In contrast to its climb to the top of the list earlier this year, Indonesia's attack traffic continued to decline in the fourth quarter to nearly one-fourth of its third-quarter attack traffic, falling to 5.7%.

Unlike the third quarter, which saw a decline in the concentration of attacks, the fourth quarter saw growth in the volume of attack traffic coming from the top 10 countries. Attack concentration grew to 88%, up from from 83% in the third quarter and down from 89% in the second quarter of 2013.

Port 445 (Microsoft-DS) remained the most targeted port in the fourth quarter, growing to 30% of observed attacks quarter over quarter. It was the top targeted port in six of the top 10 countries/regions, including Germany, Romania, Russia, Taiwan, Canada, and the United States. Port 80 (WWW/HTTP) remained in second place, accounting for a consistent 14% of attacks.  Port 443 (SSL/HTTPS) remained in third place this quarter, but dropped from 13% to 8.2% quarter over quarter.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attack Traffic
In addition to observations on attack traffic, the State of the Internet Report includes insight into DDoS attacks based on reports from Akamai's customers.

Although the number of DDoS attacks reported by Akamai customers declined from the second quarter (318) to the third quarter of 2013 (281), reported attacks increased 23% from the third quarter to the fourth quarter (346) of the same year. In total, customers reported 1,153 DDoS attacks in 2013 – a 50% increase from 768 in 2012.

Enterprise and commerce continued to be the industries targeted most frequently by the reported DDoS attacks in the fourth quarter, at 159 and 82 attacks, respectively. Together, they account for just under 70% of the reported attacks during the quarter, while slightly less than half of the total attacks were reported by customers in the Americas. 

In the Third Quarter, 2013 State of the Internet Report, Akamai started looking at the likelihood of a company experiencing repeat attacks after an initial DDoS attack. In the third quarter, Akamai reported this as a one in four probability. In the fourth quarter of 2013, the chance of a repeated attack increased significantly to just over one in three (35%), meaning that 56 of the 162 organizations that were attacked suffered repeated threats throughout the quarter.

In February, Akamai acquired Prolexic Technologies, Inc., a company that provides cloud-based security solutions for protecting data centers and enterprise IP applications from DDoS attacks. As a result, future State of the Internet Reports will include insights using additional observations from Prolexic's Quarterly DDoS Attack Report. Note that unless otherwise specified, observations included in the respective reports are based on separate and distinct sets of DDoS attacks.

Global Internet Penetration
In the fourth quarter of 2013, more than 780 million IPv4 addresses from 238 unique countries/regions connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform. This translates to nearly 3% more than in the third quarter and 10% more than in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Quarterly growth was also seen in eight of the top 10 countries/regions, with the greatest increase once again seen in Brazil, which added nearly 8% (or approximately 2.7 million IPv4 addresses). 

IPv6 Adoption
The United States and select European countries continue to lead the world in terms of IPv6 adoption, with Europe again having seven of the top 10 leading countries. Japan and Peru are the only countries from their respective regions to make the top 10 list. Double-digit percentage growth rates were seen in eight of the top 10 countries, with Peru and Germany seeing the largest increases, at 41% and 43%, respectively. The lowest rate of growth was seen in Romania, which increased by nearly 8% quarter-over-quarter.

Colleges and universities continue to be early adopters of IPv6, with moderate to large quarterly increases in adoption rates seen across most of the top 10. Iowa State, the University of Vienna Austria and the University of Saskatchewan all saw double-digit quarterly percentage increases.

Mobile Connectivity
In the fourth quarter of 2013, average connection speeds on surveyed mobile network providers ranged from a high of 8.9 Mbps (Russian mobile provider RU-1) down to a low of 0.6 Mbps (mobile provider ZA-1 in South Africa). The high is down just slightly from the 9.5 Mbps reported in the third quarter of 2013.

Akamai also conducted a fourth-quarter analysis of Akamai IO data to determine which user agents were used most frequently for mobile traffic requests. Based on data collected from a sample of requests from mobile devices to the Akamai Intelligent Platform over cellular networks, Android Webkit accounted for approximately 35% of requests and Apple Mobile Safari trailed at more than 29% of traffic. However, for traffic from mobile devices on all networks (not just cellular networks), Apple Mobile Safari was responsible for more than 47% of requests, while Android Webkit drove only 32% of requests.

Based on traffic data collected by Ericsson, the volume of mobile data traffic increased by 70% from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the fourth quarter of 2013, and grew approximately 15% between the third and fourth quarters of 2013.

About the Akamai State of the Internet Report
Each quarter, Akamai publishes a "State of the Internet" report. This report includes data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform about attack traffic, broadband adoption, mobile connectivity and other relevant topics concerning the Internet and its usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time. To learn more and to access the archive of past reports, please visit www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet. To download the figures from the Fourth Quarter, 2013 State of the Internet Report, please visit: http://wwwns.akamai.com/soti/soti_q413_figures.zip

About Akamai
Akamai® is the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications. At the core of the Company's solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ providing extensive reach, coupled with first class reliability, security, visibility and expertise. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter.

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