The Internet is not a static entity. It is constantly evolving, even from quarter to quarter. One of the many ways that the evolution of the Internet is being tracked is by way of Akamai’s quarterly State of the Internet (SOTI) report, which provides insight into global Internet speeds as well as attack patterns. The fourth-quarter 2013 State of the Internet report was released on April 23, providing insight based on what Akamai saw during the quarter across its globally distributed network platform. During the fourth quarter, Akamai saw 783 million unique IP addresses, which is a 2.9 percent increase over the third quarter of 2013. As has been the consistent pattern in Akamai’s State of the Internet reports, the global average connection speed of users connecting to its network once again increased. For the fourth quarter, the global average connection speed was reported at 3.8M bps, which is a 5.5 percent quarterly gain. In terms of countries, at 21.9M bps, South Korea was reported to have the highest average connection speed in the world. The Akamai State of the Internet report also looks at attack traffic and found that China was the top originating source for attack traffic in the world. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the key findings in the fourth-quarter 2013 Akamai State of the Internet report.

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