Worldwide, the demand for business-class Internet connectivity is sky high. In 2013, traffic growth rose by 282% worldwide, with Asia leading the surge, with a 321% growth rate. Asia, however, was also the region with the least reliable last-mile connections (more on that in a minute). The 2014 State of the WAN report is based on aggregate data collected from Aryaka’s globally distributed points of presence (POPs), a worldwide private network, and centralized Wide Area Network (WAN) and application-layer visibility. Anonymous data in aggregate was collected from hundreds of customer sites worldwide, with the focus being on “enterprise access sites,” such as branch offices, overseas supplier sites, manufacturing centers, and product development and testing sites.