Akamai recently released their popular State of Internet report for the 3rd quarter of 2012, and average Indian internet speed are on the rise. At 1044 kbps (meaning marginally above 1mbps), they are at their lifetime high. In 2nd quarter of 2012, India witnessed average 1 mbps internet speed for the first time. Third quarter witnessed marginal improvement of 2.5 percent over previous quarter.
Average Indian Internet Speeds [past 5 years]
Even though internet speeds are at a lifetime high, compared to other countries, India ranks very poorly. India ranks at 120th position worldwide and lowest in Asia. Comparatively, China registered an average internet speed of 1.6 mbps.
The average peak connection speed in India has increased nearly 140% since Q3 2007, while China’s has increased nearly 250% over the same period.
At the global level, the top 3 countries are all from Asia, with South Korea registering 14.7 mbps average internet speed, followed by Japan at 10.5 mbps and Hong Kong at 9 mbps.
Average internet connection speeds in Asia Pacific Region
While Year on Year growth in average internet speed was 11 percent, the peak internet speed did increase at decent pace. The peak internet speed registered in India was 8 mbps, which 9.3 percent higher compared to last quarter and 39 percent compared to last year same quarter.
Hong Kong registered highest peak internet speed with 54.1 mbps, followed by South Korea (48.8 mbps) and Japan (42.2 mbps).
Internet Speed distribution in India
Less than 0.1 percent people in India had high broadband (>10 Mbps) Connectivity compared to 52 percent in South Korea. India also ranked very low when it came to normal Broadband connectivity (> 4mbps), with only 1.5 percent people having speeds equal or above that.
So, although India is witnessing improvement in its broadband internet speeds, they are still much below global averages. And, for India to be integral part of existing technology revolution, it is important that our broadband speeds increase.
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