High average connection speed
According to Akamai’s Fourth Quarter 2012 State of the Internet report, the average download speed in the Netherlands is 8.6 Mbps (megabits per second). South Korea continues to have the highest average connection speed at 14.0 Mbps. Japan (10.8 Mbps) and Hong Kong (9.3 Mbps) complete the top three.
Increase in DDoS attacks
The latest report also includes new observations on Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks reported by customers. Akamai customers reported 768 DDoS attacks in 2012, up more than 200% from 2011. Of those, 35% targeted companies in the commerce sector and 22% focused on media and entertainment companies. Enterprise companies, which include financial services, were subject to 20% of reported attacks; 14% targeted high tech; and 9% of reported attacks were directed toward public sector agencies.
The fact that the average internet speed is so high is partly due to continued investment in digital infrastructure and the high density of broadband internet connections in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. According to the latest Akamai report, broadband adoption in the Netherlands is 21.61%. This percentage is much higher than many other European countries.
The Amsterdam Area also boasts the best possible digital foundation thanks to the presence of the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX), which is the largest data transport hub in the world.