Akamai Technologies is an American cloud delivery organisation with headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts and operations around the world. The company specialises in Content Delivery Network (CDN).
The company delivered its first live traffic in February of 1999. In March, Akamai enabled the delivery of March Madness for ESPN and a Star Wars trailer for Entertainment Tonight. In April 1999, the company launched its commercial service with Yahoo! as a charter customer.
This week, Akamai released its First Quarter, 2017 State of the Internet Report.
The report is based on data gathered through the Akamai Intelligent Platform and provides insights into key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics and notable Internet disruption.
“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,” comments David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report.
The report shows that Australia continues to lead the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region in mobile connectivity.
Specifically, Australia’s smartphone penetration is one of the highest in the world at 84%, with 4G adoption at 77%. According to the report, this is due to a growing desire for more data and demand for better quality networks and larger mobile data plans.
Moreover, Australia’s average mobile connection speed of 15.7 Mbps, which leads the Asia-Pacific, is a positive outcome of ongoing investment in the wireless mobile network.
Vincent Low, chief media strategist & head of Media Product Marketing, APJ, Akamai, says “major mobile networks in Australia diligently retired many older mobile networks showing huge progress to support better mobile connection speed, compared to other Asia Pacific countries that have not or unable to due to device fragmentation in their markets (e.g. 2G, Edge 2.5G).
Low continues, “this year Telstra rolled out the world's first Gigabit LTE network in Sydney, offering download speeds of nearly 1 Gbps and upload speeds of 150 Mbps. This is competitive to what is being offered in many of the North Asian countries like South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong.”
Key highlights from Akamai’s First Quarter, 2017 State of the Internet Report include:
Global Average and Peak Connection Speeds and Global Broadband Adoption
IPv4 and IPv6