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Letter From the Editor
Over the last five-plus years, the State of the Internet Report has grown into a key reference for those involved in
broadband initiatives around the world, whether at an industry or government level. I am extremely excited to see
that it has become such a valuable resource for those tracking the progress of high-speed Internet connectivity in
their state or country. Going forward, I am confident that average and average peak connection speeds, as well as
high broadband and broadband adoption levels, will continue to improve over the long term, and that the State of
the Internet Report and associated data visualization tools will continue to provide valuable and actionable data for
While those tracking broadband progress often focus primarily on wired connectivity, we also need to make sure
that we don’t lose sight of the progress being made on mobile Internet connectivity as well. While the State of the
Internet Report currently provides somewhat limited insight into connection speeds across mobile network providers,
we plan to improve this insight throughout 2014, expanding the scope of coverage. In addition, the often vast
differences in experience across users on various types of devices and platforms on mobile and fixed connections
means that content providers are now faced with the challenge of optimizing for each unique user experience –
something known as “situational performance”. In this issue, we begin looking at situational performance, analyzing
actual end-user performance measurement data from Akamai customers that have implemented Akamai’s Real User
Monitoring (RUM). Going forward, we plan to expand this insight as well, looking at things like differences between
device types and trends over time.
In addition, the ongoing improvements in Internet connectivity and the growth in connected devices continue
to contribute to the exhaustion of available IPv4 address space. This exhaustion has, in part, driven growth in
the adoption of IPv6, though arguably not quite as fast as necessary. Starting with this issue of the report, we
are also looking at IPv6 adoption rates at a country and network level, as observed from content requests to the
Akamai Intelligent Platform, highlighting those that have taken a leadership position in making this important new
technology available. We will track changes and trends in this data going forward.
Finally, Akamai is launching a State of the Internet companion application for Apple iOS devices. The app provides
easy access to interactive State of the Internet data, including the ability to drill down on trends over time at a
country level. Each new issue of the report will be available through the app as it is published, and a library of past
issues of the report is available as well. The app also includes a feed of State of the Internet-related news items. To
download it onto your iPhone or iPad (iOS 6 or 7 required), search the Apple iOS App Store for “Akamai’s State of
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