Press Awareness 03/27/15: The Friday Five

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This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. Highlights include:


  1. We Have Seen the State of the Internet…and it is Good
  2. On Demand Streaming + Akamai = Future Opportunity
  3. Tom Leighton Talks with Bloomberg Radio
  4. Akamai Expands in the Great White North
  5. Banzai!


Global average internet speeds grow to 4.5 Mbps: Akamai


March 25, 2015


The global average internet connection speed rose 20 percent year-over-year to 4.5 Mbps, according to the latest State of the Internet report from Akamai.


The cloud service provider, which publishes its internet report quarterly, found that average connection speeds saw an annual increase in 132 countries, although the size of the increases varied. For instance, while Morocco saw its connection speed increase 0.3 percent to 2.4 Mbps, speeds in Congo rose 146 percent to 1.3 Mbps.


The report shows that eight of the top 10 countries experienced double-digit growth annually, but just six grew percentages quarterly. Just 10 countries experienced a decline in average connection speeds year-over-year.


"Although the United States is just one country of many around the world working to improve Internet connectivity, in light of this update we will be reviewing how we define the metrics included in the report, as well how we present the data in future issues," David Belson, editor of Akamai's State of the Internet Report, said in a statement.


(See also The Washington Post, VentureBeat, ComputerWorld, PC Magazine, Xconomy, Enterprise Networking Planet, CIO, Security Week, Huffington Post, Light Reading, FierceTelecom, Multichannel News, Streaming Media, Telecompaper, Tech Times, Top Tech News, Nashua Telegraph, Bangor Daily News, The Inquirer, Computerwoche Online, IT-ZOOM,, Solutions IT & Logiciels,,, Automatisering Gids,,, Redes Telecom, Swiss IT Magazine Online,, L'informaticien, DataNews, Times of India, The Australian, Business Korea, Época, Uol, TeleQuest)


Akamai Sees a Growing Future for Streaming Video on Demand

Digital Media World

March 26, 2015


We had a chance to speak with David Habben, Chief Media Strategist, APJ at Akamai, about how growth in streaming video on demand, or SVOD, services will impact the Internet, traffic demands and what needs to be done to ensure that the end users' experience and levels of viewership, do not suffer.


Akamai sees that that online video consumption in Australia is increasing, combined with a greater demand for higher quality content including 4K, delivered to a growing variety of devices, and places significant pressures on the Internet, content and service providers. Currently, Akamai is delivering an average of approximately 26TB of online video per second, and expects this to rise to 1,000TB/sec by 2020. Because the Web wasn’t designed to deliver the huge amount of traffic that exists today, Australia’s readiness for SVOD services can’t be taken for granted.


Taking Stock: Leighton Says Tech Has to Keep up with Bad Guys

Bloomberg Radio

March 26, 2015


Tom Leighton CEO/Co-Founder Akamai Technologies Discusses the business of delivering content over the internet and thoughts on net neutrality and cybersecurity with Bloomberg West Editor at Large Cory Johnson.


Akamai expands business operations in Canada

Telecom Paper

March 27, 2015


Akamai's growth in Canada has expanded in the areas of financial services, media and entertainment, manufacturing, health care, public sector, and commerce, with Ontario being the province with the company's largest customer base. Akamai is hiring in both Toronto and Ottawa for engineering roles in the areas of Web Performance and Enterprise services.


(See also Telecom Ramblings, IT World Canada)


Banzai to deploy Akamai content delivery technology

Telecom Paper

March 25, 2015


Italian e-commerce company Banzai has signed an agreement with cloud services provider Akamai Technologies to improve the performance of its websites and enrich its online video offering with Akamai’s media delivery technology. Specifically, Banzai will use Akamai’s Media Delivery, Media Analytics and Web Performance products to speed up performance and improve revenues from video advertising at its websites, which have 18.5 million unique users per month.


(See also Prima Online, Publicita Italia,, Tecnologopercaso)