Data shows 4K readiness and broadband connectivity increased steadily in the third quarter of 2015
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, today released its Third Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report . Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, the report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.
Data and graphics from the Third Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report can be found on the Akamai State of the Internet site and through the Akamai State of the Internet app for iOS and Android devices. State of the Internet Report-related discussions are also taking place on the Akamai Community.
While we did observe an increase in the number of unique IPv4 addresses connecting to Akamai, the third quarter of 2015 saw the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for North America completely exhaust its available inventory of IPv4 address space,” noted David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report. “The continued depletion of IPv4 space, in both North America and around the world, should further spur organizations to expand or accelerate their own IPv6 adoption, particularly as the cost of obtaining IPv4 address space may rise as scarcity increases.”
European Highlights from Akamai’s Third Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report:
Average and Peak Connection Speeds: Positive growth trends continue for European countries
- Global average connection speed increased slightly (0.2%) to 5.1 Mbps from the second quarter, accounting for a 14% increase year-over-year.
- South Korea had the top average connection speed at 20.5 Mbps, followed by Sweden (17.4 Mbps), Norway (16.4 Mbps) and Switzerland (16.2 Mbps).
- Without exception, all European countries surveyed experienced a quarterly increase in average connection speeds, with double digit gains being posted by Norway (15%) and the UK (10%).
- After a 12% quarterly increase in the second quarter, the global average peak connection speed declined a slight 0.9% to 32.2 Mbps in the third quarter. Year-over-year, however, the global average peak connection saw a 30% growth. At 135.4 Mbps, Singapore retained its position as the country/region with the highest average peak connection speed; in Europe, Romania (72.9 Mbps) and Sweden (69.0 Mbps) headed the pack.
- The third quarter saw 13 European countries with an average peak connection speed of at least 50 Mbps: Romania, Sweden, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Finland, Norway, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Spain, Ireland, Czech Republic and Denmark. Year-over-year, Spain saw the largest gain in average peak connection speeds at 48%, followed by Norway (35%) and France (34%); in all, 17 of the 20 European countries surveyed achieved double-digit gains.
Broadband Connectivity: European countries dominate the global top 10 country/region listing for 25 Mbps adoption
- Globally, 5.2% of unique IP addresses connected to Akamai at average speeds of at least 25 Mbps, a 6.3% increase over the previous quarter. South Korea held onto its spot as the global leader in 25 Mbps adoption, with almost one-in-four IP addresses connected to Akamai at average speeds exceeding the threshold. In second place was Sweden, which posted a quarterly increase of 26% to reach 19% adoption. A review of year-over-year growth reveals that Portugal led the world with a 203% increase (to 5.2% adoption), thanks to a surge in fibre-to-home connections in recent quarters.
- A total of seven European countries appeared in the global top 10 countries/regions listing for 25 Mbps adoption: Sweden (ranked #2), Norway (#3), Latvia (#4), Switzerland (#6), Finland (#8), the Netherlands (#9) and Czech Republic (#10). Quarterly increases among these countries ranged from 14% in Switzerland to 48% in Norway.
• The global percentage of unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai that met the 4 Mbps broadband speed threshold increased 2.7% to 65%. In Europe, a total of nine countries enjoyed 4 Mbps adoption rates of 90% or above; the Netherlands (95%), Denmark (94%), Romania (94%), Switzerland (93%), Sweden (92%), Belgium (91%), Finland (91%), Austria (90%) and Hungary (90%).
- In the third quarter of 2015, 27% of unique IP addresses across the world connected to Akamai at average speeds above 10 Mbps, an increase of 2.4% over the previous quarter. Year-over-year, this was a 19% increase. In Europe, Switzerland and the Netherlands led the way in the third quarter, with adoption rates of 61% and 60% respectively. Yearly gains among the European countries surveyed ranged from 11% in Switzerland to 77% in Spain.
- 15% of the unique global IP addresses connected to Akamai at average “4K-ready” connection speeds of 15 Mbps or above, up 5.3% from the second quarter. Year-over-year, the global 15 Mbps adoption rate grew 21%, with seven of the top 10 countries/regions seeing gains ranging from 8.9% in Latvia (31% adoption) to 73% in Norway (37% adoption).
- The third quarter saw a total of 12 European countries with at least one-in-five IP addresses connecting to Akamai at speeds above 15 Mbps in the third quarter. Year-over-year changes were positive for all European countries surveyed. Spain and Germany saw 15 Mbps adoption rates more than double, posting gains of 111% and 104% respectively, while an additional seven countries saw yearly growth rates of more than 50%: Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Hungary, Poland, France and Italy.
IPv4 and IPv6: European countries continue to lead the world in IPv6 adoption
- Partially offsetting the second-quarter drop, the number of unique, worldwide IPv4 addresses connecting to Akamai increased by about 4.8 million in the third quarter.
- On a global basis, close to 60% of the countries/regions surveyed saw a quarter-over-quarter increase in unique IPv4 address counts in the third quarter. Of the three European countries to feature in the global top 10 country/region listing, Germany and France saw a quarterly growth of 1.2% and 0.9% respectively, while the United Kingdom saw IPv4 counts hold steady with a 0% change.
- European countries continued to dominate the top 10 countries/regions for IPv6 adoption, taking eight of the top 10 spots with the largest percentage of content requests made to Akamai over IPv6 in the third quarter of 2015.
- Despite an 8.4% quarterly drop, Belgium again maintained a clear lead, with 35% of content requests being made over IPv6.
- Verizon Wireless (72%) and Belgium’s Telenet (53%) continued to lead as the two companies with more than half of their requests to Akamai made over IPv6.
- Nine of the top 20 providers had at least one-in-four content requests to Akamai via IPv6, down from 11 in the second quarter. However, all of the top 20 – up from 17 in the previous quarter – had a least 10% of their requests to Akamai occur over IPv6.
- Unique IPv4 counts held steady in the UK in Q3. However looking at year-over-year changes among the top 10, the United Kingdom saw the largest increase, with a gain of 16%
- In Q3 the UK gained in average connection speeds by 10%. Year-over-year it was up by 21%.
- Average peak speeds in the UK increased by 6.4% on the quarter and year-over-year were up 16%.
- 4Mbps broadband adoption rates in the UK increased by 2.1% over Q2 to 87% whilst year-over-year figures increased by 7.1%.
- 10Mbps broadband adoption rates in the UK increased by 11% in the quarter to 46%, marking a 28% year-over-year growth.
- 15 Mbps broadband adoption rates in the UK increased to 28%, a 20% increase over Q2 and a year-over-year increase of 43%.
Ask the Expert
State of the Internet Report editor David Belson will respond to “Ask the Expert” questions submitted via the Akamai Community Wednesday, December 16, through Friday, December 18.
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. For additional information on the metrics in the report and how they are analyzed, please visit http://akamai.me/sotimetrics. To learn more and to access the archive of past reports, please visit http://www.stateoftheinternet.com/soti-reports. To download figures from the Third Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report, please visit : http://wwwns.akamai.com/soti/soti_q315_figures.zip
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