Akamai published its quarterly State of the Internet report on Tuesday covering global Internet speeds and Internet security from the last quarter of 2012. South Korea remained the leader in terms of Internet speeds, averaging a connection of 14 Mbps, TechCrunch reported. Speeds have fallen in the Asian country, however, by 4.8% since the third quarter of 2012 and by a whopping 13% since 2011. The United States ranked eighth in the world with an average connection speed of 7.4 Mbps, an increase of 28% year-over-year and of 2.3% since the third quarter of 2012. More →
Greenpeace recently released a report titled How dirty is your data: A look at the energy choices that power cloud computing, which graded Amazon, Akamai, Apple, Facebook, Google, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo across three “green” categories: transparency, infrastructure siting, and mitigating strategy. While Greenpeace offered some praise to the Cupertino-based company for improving transparency and its efforts to move towards cleaner energy, it failed Apple in the “infrastructure siting,” category for choosing to build its new $1 billion iDataCenter — which requires enough energy to power 80,000 U.S. homes – in North Carolina.
“Apple’s decision to locate its iDataCenter in North Carolina, which has an electrical grid among the dirtiest in the country (61% coal, 31% nuclear) indicates a lack of a corporate commitment to clean energy supply for its cloud operations. The fact that the alternative location for Apple’s iDataCenter was Virginia, where electricity also comes from very dirty sources, is an indication that, in addition to tax incentives, access to inexpensive energy, regardless of its source, is a key driver in Apple’s site selection.”
Hit the jump for more, as well as the official report card. More →
This morning, Akamai Technologies, “the leading provider of cloud optimization services,” released their quarterly State of the Internet Report. Through the analyzation of traffic passing through its network, Akamai can — fairly accurately — determine which cities have the fastest internet connections, what the average global internet speed is, etc. In the first quarter of 2010 alone, over 487 million unique IP addresses, from 233 countries, connected to Akamai’s network. Unsurprisingly, in naming the 100 cities with the fastest internet, Asia dominated the bunch; sixty one of the top 100 cities were located in Japan alone. Only 12 cities in the States made the list; seven of them were located in California. The fastest city in Europe was Umea, Sweeden, ranked #18. The U.S. averaged a maximum connection speed of 16 Mbps (Rank #8), and ranked sixteenth in global average connection speed with 4.7 Mbps.
Akamai also stated that amongst mobile carriers, “83 of the 109 mobile providers achieved maximum measured speeds greater than the 2 Mbps broadband threshold; 33 achieving maximum measured speeds greater than the 5 Mbps high broadband threshold; and six achieving maximum measured speeds greater than 10 Mbps.”
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