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India’s average Internet speed rises 20 %, but 113 countries still ahead of us

TT Correspondent | 29 Jul 2013

India's average internet speed rose more than 20% to 1.3Mbps in the previous quarter but lagged far behind 113 countries in the world, according to a recent report bycloud computing firm Akamai Technologies.

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But the positive sign is that it is likely to grow by 40 percent by 40 percent to 1.8 Mbps in the by the mid of next year. Over the past one year India witnessed  the internet speed of  21%.

"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," Akamai Technologies Director of Products for Asia Pacific and Japan Bruno Goveas said.

If one compares these figures to October 2012 report, India's average internet speed grew more than 20%, but lagged far behind other Asia Pacific countries like South Korea (15.7Mbps) and Japan (10.9).

As far as the broadband adoption rate is concerned it is below 10%.

India registered an average speed 1.0 Mbps in the first quarter of 2012. "Thus, there has been a 0.3 Mbps increase over the last one year," Goveas added.

The reports says that more than 733 million unique IPv4 addresses from 243 countries/regions connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform, an increase of 3.1 percent over the previous quarter and 10 percent year over year.

“Among the top 10 countries that connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform in the first quarter, quarterly growth ranged from 0.7 percent in Germany to 5.3 percent in China. Across the full set of observed countries/regions worldwide, nearly 75 percent saw a quarterly increase in unique IP address counts”; it said

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