A recent report by Akamai revealed that Australia’s Internet speed connection has been dropped considerably. The average connection speed in Australia by the end of 2012 was said to be 4.2 megabits per second. According to the newly published report, Australia has been ranked 41 out of 98 nations for its internet speeds, with average connections less than a third of the speed found in South Korea. It was found that the Internet speed across the country was decreased by 23% over last 12 months.Internet Connection Speed Australia

According to the report editor, David Belson, average peak connection speeds in Australia were recorded at 23.4% Mbps (up 2.6% in quarter-over-quarter) 2012, while year-on-year changes saw “an unusually large decline by 28% in Australia compared to the same period in 2011.” The drop is certainly not part of a global trend, as the global average rose 25 per cent in the same period. According to the report, average global connection speeds rose 5 percent to 2.9 Mbps during the quarter, with South Korea, Japan and Hong Kong still leading the charts at 14, 10.8 and 9.3Mbps respectively. The United States was ranked in eighth place with an average speed of 7.4 Mbps.

Belson says that global average peak connection speeds enjoyed a quarter-over-quarter increase of 4.6% to 16.6 Mbps, with Hong Kong again claiming the highest peak connection speed at 57.5 Mbps, a rise of 6.2% from last quarter. “Year-over-year, global average peak connection speeds once again demonstrated significant improvement, rising 35 percent, Belson says. Akamai’s report also includes statistics on DDoS attacks reported by its customers, who Belson says reported 768 DDoS attacks in 2012, up more than 200 percent from 2011. Akamai customers reported 768 DDoS attacks in 2012, up more than 200% from 2011. Of those, 35% targeted companies are in the commerce sector and 22% focused on media and entertainment organization.