Nov 27, 2008

Lifestyle - Internet Penetration & The World

MUMBAI: Akamai Technologies has released the third edition of its quarterly State of the Internet report.

India ranked number 20 globally in terms of number of observed IP addresses with 2.6 million connections. In the third quarter the growth in IP addresses was 23 per cent.

In comparison, China had 38 million and US had 109 million unique IPs. The US is number one while China is number two. India ranks a low number 153 in terms of number of IP addresses per capita, with 2.3 unique IPs per thousand people

In comparison, China had 30 unique IPs per thousand people and US had 360 unique IPs per thousand people. The percentage of Internet connections from India with speeds above 256 Kbps was at 74 per cent, indicating gradual shift from dial-up speeds to high speed connectivity.

The percentage of Internet connections from India with speeds above 2 Mbps was at five per cent growing 16 per cent, compared to the second quarter. In comparison, China had 4.3 per cent connections above 2 Mbps and US had 64 per cent connections above 2 Mbps.

India ranked 12th in terms of global attack traffic origination in the third quarter, contributing 1.6 per cent to observed global attack traffic.

Akamai Technologies MD India Sanjay Singh says, “During the third quarter of 2008, Akamai observed web-traffic originating from 179 unique countries around the world. Our global network of 40,000 servers across 70 countries enables us to offer unique insight into how the Internet is being leveraged around the world. In Q3, we saw 23 per cent growth in terms of new IPs from India.

"This increase may be attributable to more people turning to the World Wide Web for news and video content related to the Beijing Olympic Games, which took place in August. We also noted a gradual improvement in terms of IP per capita which increased to 2.3 unique IPs per 1,000 people, and believe India is moving in the right direction and is poised for significant growth in Internet adoption in the coming years."

Regarding global connection speeds, South Korea had the highest levels of high broadband connectivity for the third straight quarter. In the US, Delaware also maintained its top position, with 55 per cent of connections to Akamai occurring at 5 Mbps or greater. Looking at observed “narrowband” connections, Mayotte and Equatorial Guinea were the slowest countries, with 97 per cent and 94 per cent of connections to Akamai, respectively, occurring at speeds below 256 Kbps.

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