Akamai Technologies recently released its Fourth Quarter, 2011 State of the Internet report. Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform[TM], which serves as much as 30 percent of the world's Web traffic at any one time, the report provides insights into key global statistics such as Internet penetration, mobile traffic and data consumption, origins of attack traffic and SSL usage, and global and regional connection speeds. Marking the end of its first four years of publication, the Fourth Quarter, 2011 State of the Internet report includes a section highlighting trending data for several key categories. Compiled to show changes over time in important State of the Internet report statistics, this data and corresponding analysis provide a snapshot of just how much Internet connectivity has changed since Akamai began publishing the report in 2008.
European Highlights from Akamai's 2011 fourth quarter report:
Global Internet Penetration
In the fourth quarter of 2011, more than 628 million unique IPv4 addresses from 236 countries and regions connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform. This represents 2.1 percent more IP addresses than connected in the third quarter of 2011, and an increase of 13 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago.
Among those countries listed in the top 10 list for the number of unique IP addresses connecting to the Akamai Intelligent Platform during the quarter, the United Kingdom represented the most significant quarter-over-quarter increase at 13 percent, increasing to more than 25 million IP addresses. Germany (rank #4), France (#6) and Italy (#9) gained 3.2 percent, 2.5 percent and 5.2 percent respectively.
Attack Traffic and Top Ports Attacked
China, at 13 percent, generated the most attack traffic observed by Akamai in Q4 2011, followed by the United States (10 percent) and Indonesia (7.6 percent). Total observed attack traffic aggregated by region reveals that Asia Pacific/Oceania generated 45 percent of attack traffic, followed by Europe at 33 percent. In an examination of attack traffic concentration among the top 10 targeted ports, the report found the top 10 targeted ports account for 65 percent of the observed attacks; Port 445 (Microsoft-DS) ended 2011 at the top of the list, being targeted by 25 percent of all observed traffic.
Average Connection Speeds
The Netherlands closed out 2011 as the European country with the highest average connection speed, once again holding the top spot...