07 July 2017
Akamai Technologies’ first quarter 2017 State of the Internet Report is based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform
The report provides insight into key global statistics such
as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable
Internet disruptions, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6
"Increases in connection speeds and broadband penetration
have helped enable the internet to support levels of traffic
that even just a few years ago would have been unimaginable,"
said David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet
"One need only look to January’s US
Presidential Inauguration, which broke traffic records for live
coverage of a single news event delivered by Akamai, largely
thanks to the combination of more viewers watching at
increasingly higher levels of video quality."
Akamai saw a 0.9% quarterly increase in the number of unique
IPv4 addresses connecting to the Akamai Intelligent Platform,
rising to just over 814 million, about 7.6 million more than in
the fourth quarter of 2016. About 5 million IPv4 addresses were
depleted from available pools at the regional internet
registries in the first quarter, leaving 39 million addresses
remaining. Belgium remained the clear global leader in IPv6
adoption with 38% of its connections to Akamai for dual-stacked
content over IPv6, down 19% from the previous
Top 20 network providers
In the ranking of top 20 network providers ordered by the
number of IPv6 requests made to Akamai during the first
quarter, once again, cable and wireless/mobile providers
continued to drive the largest volumes of IPv6 requests, as
many are leading the way for IPv6 adoption in their respective
In the first quarter of 2017, T-Mobile US caught up with
Verizon Wireless to share the lead in adoption rates, as both
providers had 82% of their requests to Akamai being made over
IPv6, up from 77% and 81% respectively in the fourth
Sixteen of the top twenty providers had at least one in four
requests for dual-stacked content to Akamai take place
IPv6 down from 17 providers in the fourth quarter.
All but one of the top 20 had at least 15% of dual-stack
content requests to Akamai occur over IPv6. First-quarter news
announcements reflected the leadership role mobile carriers are
continuing to play in IPv6 adoption.
In Japan, three major mobile carriers – NTT DoCoMo,
KDDI and SoftBank – revealed they would start
full IPv6 services in 2017.
In the US, Verizon Wireless informed customers that
beginning on 30 June 2017, it would cease to issue new IPv4
addresses. From that point forward, Verizon customers
requesting new static public IPP addresses were issued IPv6
Globally, 4Mbps broadband adoption was 82% in the first
quarter, up 3.3% from the previous quarter, with Guernsey and
South Korea seeing the highest levels of adoption worldwide at
The worldwide 10Mbps, 15Mbps and 25Mbps broadband adoption
rates all saw robust quarter-over-quarter growth, increasing
9%, 11% and 16% to adoption levels of 45%, 28%, and 12%,
South Korea continued to lead in all three broadband tiers,
with adoption rates of 85%, 69% and 40% respectively, after
quarterly increases of 3.1%, 7.8% and 16%.
Five European countries featured in global Top 10
country/region listing for 25Mbps broadband adoption: Norway
(number 2), Sweden (number 3), Swit- zerland (number 5),
Denmark (number 6) and Finland (number 9). Switzerland posted
the largest quarterly gain at 5.6%, followed by Finland at
With an adoption rate of 75%, Switzerland retained the top
spot among surveyed European countries for 10Mbps
Overall, 18 European countries had at least half of their
unique IPv4 addresses connecting to Akamai at average speeds of
10Mbps or higher.
Quarter-over-quarter gains were observed in 25 European
countries; these increases ranged from 0.4% in Lithuania,
Slovenia and the Czech Republic to 19% in Greece.
The global average connection speed increased 2.3%
quarter-over-quarter to 7.2Mbps, a 15% increase compared with
one year prior. At a country/region level, South Korea
continued to have the highest average connection speed in the
world at 28.6Mbps – a 9.3% increase compared to the
fourth quarter of 2016, and Singapore maintained its position
as the country with the highest average peak connection speed
On 20 January, during the US presidential inauguration,
traffic delivered by Akamai for its media and entertainment
customers peaked at 8.7Tbps.
The peak occurred at 17:04 UTC, during the opening of the
president’s speech, and marked the largest
live-streamed news event Akamai had delivered to date. The
previous record of 7.5Tbps occurred on 8 November 2016 during
the presidential election; the UEFA football final on 10 July
2016 saw a peak of 7.3Tbps.
Akamai saw a sustained increase in traffic to US retail
customers on inaugur-ation day. Traffic levels were about 20%
higher than on the previous two days.
Average mobile connection speeds aggregated at a
country/region level in the first quarter of 2017 ranged from a
high of 26Mbps in the UK to a low of 2.8Mbps in Venezuela.
Based on traffic data collected by Ericsson, the volume of
mobile data traffic grew by nearly 12% over the previous
In Europe, the UK had the fastest average connection speed
again at 26Mbps, closely followed by Germany at 24.1Mbps. Among
the qualifying surveyed countries/regions in Europe, 19 had an
average mobile connection speed at or exceeding
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