Arik Hesseldahl

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Apple’s Safari Made Up Most Mobile Browser Traffic in Q2

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s look ahead by Cisco Systems at the Internet of 2017, Akamai is out with its quarterly state of the Internet report as of the end of the second quarter of 2013.

One thing Akamai saw was an uptick in Web browser traffic from mobile devices. Akamai cited data from Ericcson saying that mobile data traffic doubled over the year-ago period. By comparison, voice call traffic grew by only four percent during the same period.

Akamai also tracked which browser was in use. Across all networks (cellular and Wi-Fi), Apple’s Safari on the iPhone and iPad amounted to about 60 percent of requests versus Android’s browser, which was seen no more than 33 percent of the time.

But those with Android phones appear to use their browsers a little more often when there’s only a cellular network present. In those cases, Android accounted for between 41 percent and 44 percent of requests seen by Akamai to Apple’s 30 percent to 38 percent. (Akamai gives a range because of changes that occurred to how the data was gathered midway through the quarter.)

Here’s some charts, all networks first, then cellular only. (Click to make bigger):

A few more highlights: Indonesia displaced China as the apparent home of most of the world’s attack traffic, while the U.S. was third with about seven percent of attack traffic.

The number of old-style Internet Protocol addresses is running pretty close to the exhaustion point. While Asia and Europe are close to using up their last block of 16 million addresses, registrars in North America have been more conservative when handing them out. It’s a warning to the industry to get its act together around preparing for IPv6 sooner rather than later.

Finally, here’s an interesting bit of trivia: On March 13, when the world learned of the election of Pope Francis, live-streaming traffic on Akamai’s network quadrupled in a one-hour period and peaked at more than 2.1 terabits per second. It’s a sign of how demand for streaming traffic can spike in response to world events.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work