Akamai has recently published its State of the internet Q4 2016 report, including the data gathered from across Akamai Intelligent Platform. The report covers internet connection speeds and broadband adoption across both mobile and fixed networks. When it comes to the fixed-line networks in the CEE region, last quarter Russia had the largest number of unique IPv4 addresses, amounting to 19.5m. The runner-up was Poland with nearly 7.8m addresses. At the same time smaller CEE countries, such as Slovakia and Slovenia, reported slightly more than 1m IPv4 addresses in the reported period.Despite a relatively modest increase in average connection speeds (growth by 8.7% y-o-y) to 17.3 Mbps, Czech Republic retained the top spot among the surveyed CEE countries in the fourth quarter of 2016. The difference in average connection speeds between Czech Republic and Croatia, the slowest country in the region, was more than 9 Mbps in the fourth quarter. Except from Croatia, all CEE countries had average connection speeds above the 10 Mbps threshold in the fourth quarter. Year-over-year changes in average connection speeds were positive for all of the surveyed CEE countries during the fourth quarter, with Russia reporting the yearly stagnation at 0.0% and Croatia posting the largest at 28%.
Akamai’s report also describes the broadband adoption with the breakdowns for different average speeds. When taking into account the lowest speeds – 4 Mbps – the adoption rates in the whole CEE region are high and the y-o-y changes modest (with the exception of Croatia). In the fourth quarter, Bulgaria led the CEE region in 4 Mbps adoption, with 96% of their unique IPv4 addresses connecting to Akamai at average speeds of at least 4 Mbps. On a year-over-year basis, three of the surveyed CEE countries — Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Russia — saw moderate drops in 4 Mbps broadband adoption. Hungary remained unchanged with 0.0% in 4 Mbps broadband adoption. Croatia again led the gainers with a 9.4% yearly increase in adoption.
|4 Mbps broadband adoption (IPv4) and y-o-y change in selected CEE countries, Q4 2016 (%)|
|Global rank||Country||% above 4 Mbps||Y-o-y change (%)|
With an adoption rate of 69%, Romania gained the top spot among surveyed CEE countries for 10 Mbps adoption in the fourth quarter. All countries posted yearly gains in the fourth quarter 2016. Croatia saw adoption rates with an increase of 146%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2015. The remaining CEE countries saw gains ranging from 4.2% in Russia to 30% in Romania.
|10 Mbps broadband adoption (IPv4) and y-o-y change in selected CEE countries, Q4 2016 (%)|
|Global rank||Country||% above 10 Mbps||Y-o-y change (%)|
Romania also held on to the top spot for 15 Mbps broadband adoption among surveyed CEE countries in the fourth quarter with an adoption rate of 44%, up 57% from Q4 2015. On the other hand, 15 Mbps adoption was the lowest in Russia in the analysed period, and decreased to -1.0%. Apart from Russia, CEE countries saw 15 Mbps adoption rates booming, which proves that average speeds of broadband connection are increasing as customers are demanding faster packages.
|15 Mbps broadband adoption (IPv4) and y-o-y change in selected CEE countries, Q4 2016 (%)|
|Global rank||Country||% above 15 Mbps||Y-o-y change (%)|