The Internet of Things (IoT) spans a vast array of devices and innovative capabilities designed to enhance daily life, while giving consumers’ greater control via apps that sync with these technologies. From home security systems to energy saving devices and tools that help personal health, broadband is the common thread running through all of these offerings. According to the third quarter 2014 “State of the Internet” report by Akamai Technologies and analysis from ZDNet, increasing connection speeds and broadband adoption across fixed and mobile networks are accelerating Internet usage and traffic worldwide.
Here are a few key findings:
- Six of the top 10 countries saw increases in global average connection speeds, and all of the top 10 maintained averaged connection speeds well above the 10 Mbps "high broadband" threshold. Among those increasing in average connection speed quarter-over-quarter, Singapore experienced the largest rise to 12.2 Mbps — an 18 percent increase.
- All of the top 10 countries/regions saw significant increases in average peak connection speeds compared to the previous year. Uruguay (58.6 Mbps) led the group with a year-over-year change of 334 percent and Luxembourg (54.4 Mbps) saw speeds more than double, up 130 percent. Overall, 135 qualifying countries/regions saw average peak connection speeds increase from the third quarter of 2013.
- The top 10 U.S. states fall within the range of the top 10 countries in average and peak connection speeds.
- The volume of mobile data traffic jumped approximately 10 percent between the second and third quarters of 2014 alone.
- Average peak mobile connection speed varied wildly, ranging from 98 Mbps in Singapore to 3.3 Mbps in Iran.
- Security concerns remain paramount. Observed attack traffic rose about 25 percent quarter over quarter in the U.S., which ranks second to China in terms of the volume of observed traffic. Reported attacks predominantly targeted enterprise, media and entertainment sectors, whereas high-tech, commerce and public sector verticals reported fewer challenges in this area.
- The third quarter of 2014 also marked an increase in security vulnerabilities, the rise of new distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and attacks related to the sites of countries that participated in World Cup matches.
"One need only look to the sheer number of connected device- and smart home-related announcements that came out of the 2015 International CES to see that consumers are continuing to adopt and expect more from connected technology and services," said David Belson, editor of the report. "The strong year-over-year growth trends illustrated in this quarter's report show that the Internet is evolving and expanding to meet the growing demands of our increasingly connected lifestyles."
For more findings, download the full report here.