Friday, 01 July 2016 01:37

Akamai’s Q1 2016 State of the Internet: Australia an Internet champ or chump?


Akamai shows that when it comes to mobile broadband, Australia is one of the globe’s mobile Internet champs, but we’re fixed-Internet chumps.

Although global connection speeds and broadband adoption are trending upward, according to Akamai’s ‘First Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report,’ what are the details for Australia?

Indeed, with global average Internet connection speeds increasing 23% year over year, you’d have to hope that Australia is getting some of the good stuff.

Well, Akamai, the king of global "content delivery network" (CDN) services, also specialises in producing greatly detailed State of the Internet reports, using data provided by the company’s "Intelligent Platform", and so can provide solid insight into "key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation".

The direct download link for the incredibly detailed, 64-page, 2016 report after free registration is here.

On page 46 of the report, in a section entitled ‘Connection Speeds on Mobile Networks (IPv4),’ it lists Australia as one of just four countries (joining Germany, Israel and Thailand) that recorded average peak mobile speeds about 100 Mbps, with Australia reach 147.6 Mbps.

Of course, average connection speeds are much lower as we’ll shortly see, with Austraia’s average mobile speed at just 10.5 Mbps, but it’s still an impressive display of the quality of our mobile networks.

So, what are some of the other Australian highlights in Akamai’s report?

Compared to the 147.6 Mbps peak mobile speeds in Australia, New Zealand recorded average peak mobile speeds of 96 Mbps.

Average connection speeds:

  • Australia remained in 48th position in Q1, with average connection speeds at 8.8 Mbps.
  • This represents a 7.7% increase quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) and a 15% increase year-over-year (YoY).

Average peak connection speeds:

  • Australia moved up to 56th position in Q1, up from its 60th placing the previous quarter, with average peak connection speeds of 43.8 Mbps.
  • This represents a 12% increase QoQ and a 6.8% increase YoY.

4 Mbps broadband adoption

  • Australia continued to drop down the ranks in broadband connectivity (above 4 Mbps), dipping four positions to 60th in Q1, despite recording an increase in the percentage of adoption (above 4 Mbps) to 78%.
  • This represents a 6.4% increase QoQ and a 8.2% increase YoY.

10 Mbps broadband adoption

  • Australia dipped three positions to 50th in Q1 for broadband connectivity (above 10 Mbps), with the percentage of adoption (above 10 Mbps) recorded at 23%.
  • This is despite registering a 17% increase QoQ and a 35% increase YoY.

15 Mbps broadband adoption

  • Australia dropped two positions to 46th in Q1 for broadband connectivity (above 15 Mbps), with percentage of adoption (above 15 Mbps) recorded at 10%.
  • Similar to the above, this is despite registering a 24% increase QoQ and a 50% increase YoY.

Average page load time

  • The average page load time for broadband in Australia in Q1 was recorded at 4128 (ms). The previous quarter, this was recorded at 3632 (ms).
  • For mobile, the average page load time stood at 5111 (ms).

So, what are the global stats?

Well, we start with global average connection speeds and global broadband connectivity.

  • Global average connection speed increased 12% from the fourth quarter of 2015 to 6.3 Mbps, a 23% increase year over year.
  • Global average peak connection speed increased 6.8% to 34.7 Mbps in the first quarter, rising 14% year over year.
  • Global 10 Mbps, 15 Mbps, and 25 Mbps broadband adoption also grew significantly in the first quarter of 2016, posting year over year gains of 10%, 14% and 19% at each threshold, respectively.

IPv4 and IPv6

  • The number of unique IPv4 addresses connecting to the Akamai Intelligent Platform declined 0.2% to 808 million.
  • Belgium remained the clear global leader in IPv6 adoption with 36% of its connections to Akamai occurring over IPv6, down 3.1% from the previous quarter.

Mobile connectivity

Average mobile connection speeds ranged from a high of 27.9 Mbps in the United Kingdom to a low of 2.2 Mbps in Algeria.

David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report, said: “Live sports will be at the forefront this summer as we prepare for the games in Brazil, with expectations that this year’s events will be watched by more online viewers than ever.

“Global connection speeds have more than doubled since the summer of 2012, which can help support higher quality video streaming for bigger audiences across even more connected devices and platforms.”

Here’s Akamai’s video explaining the report in 60 seconds: 

The company says that data and graphics from its new report can be found on the Akamai State of the Internet site and through the Akamai State of the Internet app for iOS and Android devices. State of the Internet Report-related discussions are also taking place on the Akamai Community.

Akamai publishes a “State of the Internet – Connectivity” report each quarter.

This report includes data gathered from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform about attack traffic, broadband adoption, mobile connectivity and other relevant topics concerning the Internet and its usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time.

For more information on the metrics in the report and how they are analysed, Akamai has those details here.

To learn more and to access the archive of past reports, Akamai wants you to click here, while to download the figures from the First Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report, please visit this link (ZIP File).

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