The number of IP addresses connecting to the Internet from 238 countries and regions increased by 3.4 per cent during the second-quarter of 2011, Akamai Technologies Inc. said Monday in its “State of the Internet” report. The report said there was a 21 per cent increase in IP addresses from the same period last year and that the fastest growing country is Brazil. Brazil grew by nine per cent over the previous quarter, with its amount of connected IP addresses reaching more than 15 million. Japan was second with an 8.7 per cent growth during the quarter, reaching 45 million addresses. In Europe, Italy led the way with 14 million IP addresses, representing growth of 5.4 per cent during the quarter. Germany trailed behind with a 0.4 per cent growth and a total of just less than 35 million IP addresses, the report said. The number of addresses in the United States grew by 0.6 per cent over the previous quarter, reaching a total of 143.5 million. Akamai said 18 American cities made the list of fastest connectivity, with San Jose, Calif. ranking ninth on a global list of 100. The report's connection speed list was dominated by Japan (59 cities) and 10 cities in South Korea and Hong Kong. Akamai said that in the second quarter of 2011, average connection speeds worldwide ranged from more than 5 Mbps to a low of 209 Kbps. “Approximately three quarters of the surveyed providers had average connection speeds of above 1 Mbps,” Akamai said in a release.