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India Has Lowest Broadband Speeds In Asia-Pacific: Akamai

India has the lowest broadband speeds in Asia Pacific with average connection speed of 1.4Mbps  and also the lowest penetration of high speed broadband with only 0.3% having speeds over 10Mbps, according to ‘State of the Internet’ report by the content delivery network Akamai Technologies for Q3 2013.


Attack traffic originating from India reduced to 1.9% from 2% a year ago. Akamai notes that attack traffic originating from 185 unique countries were spotted in the quarter, up by 10 from the previous quarter.

Indonesia dropped back to the second-place slot, responsible for 20% of observed attacks — just over half of the volume seen in the prior quarter. China, returned to being the source of largest percentage (35%) of observed attacks. United States remained well behind in third place, originating 11% of observed attacks, up from just under 7% in the prior quarter.

IPV4 addresses

India was 10th among countries involved in the report with 18.37 million addresses, up 4.9% Quarter-on-Quarter(QoQ)and 32% Year-on-Year (YoY). Apart from India, Brazil, China, and the UK saw aggressive growth rates of more than 10% YoY. On a global basis, nearly 77% of countries/regions around the world had higher unique IPv4 address counts year-over-year. The small Indian Ocean island of Réunion had the largest rate of growth, increasing 925% over the last year. Globally, the number of IPV4 addresses increased 1.1% QoQ and by 11% YoY.


Global High Broadband Connectivity

Akamai classifies connections with speeds over 10Mbps as high speed broadband and India remained the country with the lowest level of high speed broadband adoption among qualifying countries, at 0.3%, despite 49% growth QoQ. These rates are lowest among Asia Pacific countries that were included in the report. Globally, high speed broadband adoption rate saw strong growth of 31% QoQ to reach 19% YoY. 70% of broadband connections in South Korea were over 10Mbps while in Japan it is at 49%, followed by Netherlands where 44% connections are high speed.

Global broadband connectivity

South Korea is on top of the charts for this category with 93% connections having speeds of over 4Mbps, followed by Switzerland with 90% and Curacao with 87%. In India only 3% of the connections had speeds over 4Mbps.

Note: Akamai considers only connections with speeds over 4Mbps as broadband, but according to TRAI any connection more than 512 Kbps is accepted as broadband. This is an issue we have written about in detail.

Asia Pacific Average Connection Speeds: Among the Asia Pacific countries that were part of the report, average connection speeds ranged from 22.1 Mbps in South Korea down to just 1.4 Mbps in India, which had the lowest average connection speed in the region despite an increase of 11% QoQ and 34% YoY.

Asia Pacific Average Peak Connection Speeds: Among the other Asia Pacific countries that were part of the report, only Indonesia and India had average peak connection speeds below 10Mbps as a result of both countries seeing a 15% quarterly decline, with India’s 9.0 Mbps average peak connection speed being the lowest in the region. However, it needs to be noted the speed improved by 12% annually in India.

Average Page Load Times Based on Real User Monitoring: In India, it took it took 5887ms to open a page using broadband connection and 8705 ms from a mobile phone, with a mobile penalty of 1.5x. In China it took 4121ms to load on a page on broadband connection and 4141ms from a mobile device with no mobile penalty. In US, it took 2794ms on broadband and 4410ms on mobile with 1.6x mobile penalty.

Akamai admits that it has very limited insights into mobile networks and their performance but says that it will improve on that part in reports for 2014.

Download Q3 2013 report here (pdf)

Also read: Q2 2013: India Slips To 79th Position In Broadband Adoption; Lowest Speeds In Asia

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