According to a recent report by Akamai Technologies, the average internet connection speed in India was 1Mbps in the first quarter of 2012, registering a growth of 16 per cent quarter-over-quarter. However, despite this growth in average speed, India still ranks 112 globally.
Though the YoY growth in average internet speed in India increased by more than 20%, it lagged far behind other Asia Pacific countries like South Korea (15.7Mbps) and Japan (10.9). The peak internet speed in India is 6.9 Mbps compared to the 49.3Mbps speed in Hong Kong. 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.
As per the report, 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 growth of internet speed is being attributed to the increase in number of ‘high broadband’ connections in countries where 10Mbps speed is the minimum. Denmark, Finland, South Korea, Switzerland and the US have registered around twofold growth in the adoption rate for extra-fast internet access over the past year.