Internet content hosting provider Akamai released its latest “State of the Internet” report today for the first quarter of 2011. The report shows a slight increase of 5% in total IP addresses connected to their network from last quarter and an overall increase in 20% from last year. Italy replaced Canada as the source of traffic in the top ten countries.

New this year is a graphing tool that can generate graphs highlighting average connection speed, average peak connection speed, and high broadband/broadband/narrowband adoption rates. A sample chart showing speeds of three countries is shown below.

Myanmar ranked at the top of the list by generating 13 percent of attack traffic during the quarter, a dubious distinction. In terms of picking where you want to live based on average Internet connection speed, look to Lyse, Norway as the fastest city in Europe and Riverside, Calif. if you want someplace in the US. Asian cities again dominated the top 100 list, with 61 of them in Japan alone. In Europe, the largest increase in average connection speed was seen in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, which more than tripled over the last three years. Average connection speeds in Chile, Colombia, and Paraguay more than doubled in the past three years as well.

Based on data gathered from the Akamai Internet platform, which carries between 15 and 30 percent of the world’s Web traffic at any one time, the report provides insight into key global Internet statistics such as the world’s fastest and slowest regions for connection speed, origins of attack traffic and the highest-performing geographies for mobile connectivity.

david strom

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