China and US dethroned as Internet attack traffic sources
Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Lausanne was the city with the fastest broadband connection in Europe in the third quarter of 2009, at 24MBps (megabytes per second) says Akamai in its most recent study of the state of the Internet.
The company is one of the world’s major managers of Internet connectivity, with a vast international network of servers.
The report also notes that 75 percent of the Lausanne’s Internet users are working with broadband speeds of 5MBps, which means that it’s not just multinationals benefiting from high speed networks. “As the quantity of HD-quality media increases over time, and the consumption of that media increases, end users are likely to require ever-increasing amounts of bandwidth. A connection speed of 2 Mbps is arguably sufficient for standard definition TV-quality video content, and 5 Mbps for standard-definition DVD quality video content, while Blu-Ray (1080p) video content has a maximum video bit rate of 40 Mbps,” according to the report.
Switzerland as a whole remains one of the top countries for fast (over 5MBps) broadband access, in eighth place, with 31 percent and a growth rate of 7.6 percent, Q3 2009 compared to a year earlier. Korea remains the world champion of high speed Internet use, with 76 percent of users at over 5MBps and a growth rate of 28 percent, well beyond that of other countries.
Attack traffic countries shifting, with China and the US playing smaller role
Two key developments in Internet traffic are the growing use of mobile traffic, for which Akamai is starting to compile figures, to be published in later quarterly reports, and a shift in the source of Internet attacks. China’s attack traffic has fallen by 80 percent, and that coming from the US by 50 percent, knocking those two out of the top slots for Internet attacks. The newcomers, in first and second place respectively, are Russia and Brazil.
The US and China have until recently accounted for about half of all Internet attack traffic, but seven countries now share this, showing a wider geographic spread of the source of attacks.
China’s Internet growth rushes on
China continues to be the country with the strongest year-on-year Internet growth, as measured in terms of the number of IP addresses, up 30 percent. Brazil followed, with 23 percent, and all other countries had under 9 percent. The US remains the top country, with 119 million unique IP addresses. China now has 49 million.