Includes insight on mobile traffic and connected devices from Ericsson
AKAMAI’S STATE OF THE
INTERNETQ1 2014 REPORT | VOLUME 7 NUMBER 1
Prolexic Quarterly Global
DDoS Attack Report
To view the latest Global Attack Report,
please visit prolexic.com/attackreports
Letter From the Editor
This issue of the State of the Internet Report marks the beginning of the seventh year of publication. In this edition
of the report, we are introducing several updated data sets, as well as some new data. These changes include:
• IPv6: During 2013, in Section 2.3 of the report, Akamai reported on IPv6 adoption across top universities and
colleges, as well as across a selected set of network service providers. Starting with this issue, we will no longer
be reporting on IPv6 adoption across universities and colleges. We have also tweaked the list of network service
providers included in the section. Previously, the list was adapted from one available on the World IPv6 Launch
Web site, but it now reflects the top 20 network providers by number of IPv6 requests made to Akamai during
the quarter. We believe that this will help us present a more accurate picture of IPv6 adoption across the Internet.
In addition, we will no longer be including graphs of IPv6 traffic to the Akamai Intelligent Platform, but these
remain available at http://www.akamai.com/IPv6.
• 4K Readiness: Given the growing interest in the streaming delivery of 4K (“Ultra HD”) video, we thought it
would be interesting to begin tracking a “4K readiness” metric in the State of the Internet Report. With 4K
adaptive bitrate streams generally requiring between10 – 20 Mbps of bandwidth, starting with this issue of the
report, we’ll be providing insight into the percentage of connections to Akamai from a given country/region
with an average connection speed above 15 Mbps, similar to the high broadband (10 Mbps) and broadband
(4 Mbps) rankings that we have published for the last several years. The rankings presented within the report
are not intended to specify who can/cannot view 4K content, but rather which countries/regions have higher
concentrations of 4K “capable” connectivity, resulting in a larger complement of subscribers being able to enjoy
a quality experience when streaming 4K content.
• Mobile Connectivity: With this issue of the State of the Internet Report, we have changed the mobile
connection speed data presented within Section 8. Akamai is now leveraging mobile device identification data
to greatly expand the number of networks that are considered to be mobile. However, the number of networks
now identified as mobile is significantly larger than could be manageably published within this report, so we
are now publishing mobile connectivity metrics aggregated at a country/region level, similar to what is done in
Sections 3 – 7 for fixed connections. Metrics presented for mobile connectivity include average and average peak
connection speeds, as well as broadband adoption.
• Appendix: In previous issues of the report, the Appendix included data on the countries/regions included within
the report, as well as a handful of other countries/regions — the reasons that these others were included are lost
to history. The Appendix has, starting with this issue, been revised to include a consolidated view of the metric
values for just those countries/regions covered within the report. (In other words, all of the metrics can be found
in a single place, rather than across the various sections of the report.) The revised Appendix also includes the
new 4K Readiness metric, and may include mobile metrics in the future as well.
Additional changes will be coming to the State of the Internet throughout 2014, including an updated look feel for
the report, updates to the visualization tools at http://www.akamai.com/stateoftheinternet, and some additional data
sets, as well as the consolidation of the Prolexic Quarterly DDoS Attack Report with the State of the Internet Report.
As always, if you have questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the State of the Internet Report, connect with
us via e-mail at email@example.com or on Twitter at @akamai_soti.
– David Belson