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India ranks 112 globally in average internet connection speed: Akamai

Akamai Technologies’ first quarter, 2012
State of the Internet report states that the average internet connection speed
in India was 1Mbps in the Jan-March 2012, registering a growth of 16 per cent
quarter-over-quarter. Though the country has registered an increase in average
speed, it still ranks 112 globally.

Akamai Technologies’ first quarter, 2012
State of the Internet report states that the average internet connection speed
in India was 1Mbps in the Jan-March 2012, registering a growth of 16 per cent
quarter-over-quarter. Though the country has registered an increase in average
speed, it still ranks 112 globally.

India’s year-over-year growth in average
internet speed grew more than 20%, but lagged far behind other Asia Pacific
countries like South Korea (15.7Mbps) and Japan (10.9). The peak internet speed
in the country stood at 6.9Mbps, far behind global leader Hong Kong’s 49.3Mbps.
Only 1.2% of connections in India have a speed of over 4Mbps, the new standard
for broadband. This, however, represents an 85% increase in adoption rate in
broadband speed.

The global average internet speed has
increased 14% over the previous quarter and 25% over the same period last year.
Average global internet connection speed in the Jan-March quarter of 2012 stood
at 2.6Mbps, the report released by Akamai says.

The primary factor in the growth of
internet speed, according to Akamai, is the spurt in number of ‘high broadband’
connections in countries where 10Mbps speed is the minimum. Nations that have
registered around twofold growth in the adoption rate for extra-fast internet
access over the past year include Denmark, Finland, South Korea, Switzerland
and the US.

However, mobile internet is still lagging in
terms of speed, even though HSPA+ and LTE networks have expanded. A German that
was not named in the Akamai report delivered the maximum speed for mobile
internet – 6Mbps. On the other hand, the highest mobile internet connection in
the US recorded speed of 2.5Mbps, thus pointing towards the scope of growth in
the mobile internet infrastructure even in developed nations.

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