Nishtha KanalJul 29, 2013 10:32:41 IST
It finally looks like India is waking up to the state of the Internet across the world as a report has revealed that the country’s average Internet speed rose by more than 20 percent to 1.3Mbps in the previous quarter of 2013.
A report by cloud-computing firm Akamai Technologies has revealed that India had an average speed of only 1Mbps in the first quarter of 2012, and has since seen a rise of 0.3Mbps over the past year. The firm believes that the country could see a jump of over 40 percent in the next year.
"Based on current industry growth trends, we expect a 40 per cent to 50 per cent increase in connection speed over the next 12 months. This translates to anything between 1.7 to 1.8 Mbps," said Bruno Goveas, Akamai Technologies Director of Products for Asia Pacific and Japan.
India may be seeing a growth in adoption and Internet speeds, but still lags behin 113 countries
While the jump may seem like a big one to many, the picture isn’t too rosy when compared to the situation abroad. India is still lagging behind 113 countries in the world as far as Internet connections’ speed goes. The world over, 46 percent of Internet users get a speed of 4Mbps and up while 13 percent have an Internet connection that gives speed of 10Mpbs and up. In India, only 2.4 percent of Internet users get more than 4Mbps speed, up by 33 percent quarter-on-quarter and 66 percent year-on-year. Barely 0.4 percent users have connections that are faster than 10Mbps, up by 102 percent quarter-on-quarter and 85 percent year-on-year.
South Korea still ranks number one in the world with an average connection speed of 14.2Mbps while Honk Kong ranks first as far as peak connection speeds go with 63.6Mbps. Switzerland is in top position as far as adoption rates go, with 88 percent of users in the country getting speeds of 4Mbps and more and South Korea came out tops as far as adoption of high speed broadband goes, with 50 percent users enjoying speeds of 10Mbps and more.
According to Akamai, there are 16.28 million unique IP addresses in India this quarter, up from 13.3 percent from 14.3 million IPv4 addresses in the previous quarter. Globally, there are 733.8 million IPv4 addresses, a quarter-on-quarter leap of 3.1 percent and year-upon-year leap of 10 percent.
Goveas mentioned that connection speeds to the last mile (at home) have increased thanks to investments made by telecom companies, cable operators and service providers towards laying high-speed fiber cables to homes that ensure consumers get higher connection data speed. This holds true especially in urban areas. "Many users now get online via mobile phones. High speed data plans are very affordable with some innovative data plan offerings from service providers. Hence, we expect to see a rise is high speed connections," he said.
Akamai has also said it expects that Tier II and Tier III cities will show growths in the coming months thanks to investments by telcos and access to Internet from mobile phones.
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