Akamai’s State of the Internet report released today shows more Australians than ever are taking up high-speed broadband, as peak connection speeds continue to near heights reached in 2009.
Akamai publishes the quarterly State of the Internet report (registration required) displaying a range of Internet-related statistics gathered from across Akamai’s vast network of servers, with the first report for 2011 showing Australians are getting faster average off-peak connection speeds than ever before.
It shows average off-peak connection speeds have continued to grow in Australia, with Akamai reporting an average of 3384kbps this quarter, up from 2957kbps in the last quarter of 2010.
The report suggests the average Australian peak connection speed has continued to climb from a low of 8214kbps in the fourth quarter of 2009 to an average of 14664kbps this quarter.
Ever so slowly, Australian ISP’s are closing the gap to the fastest average peak connection speed recorded by Akamai since 2008, which was 16351kbps achieved in the second quarter of 2009 and has doubled over the past three years.
However Australia is still a long way behind Germany, Spain, Japan, the US and Hong Kong, all of whom boast faster average peak speeds than Australia.
Most than half of all Australians browse Akamai sites using a connection greater than 2Mbps, although just 16.2% have adopted a connection faster than 5Mbps.
Just 2.2% use a connection slower than 256kbps – the lowest figure recorded by Akamai since 2008.
The New South Wales suburb of Riverwood posted the fastest average connection speed in Australia according to Akamai, however with an average speed of 5.9Mbps it failed to make the top 100 average fastest cities.
Meanwhile the amount of malicious traffic coming via mobile networks has increased significantly in Australia, with 7.2% of attack traffic originating from devices using cellular networks across the country.
Akamai suggests the increase could be a result of users with infected computers using tethering from a mobile phone such as Apple’s iPhone or wireless modem to gain access to the Internet.