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India has the slowest average internet speed in Asia-Pacific: Akamai

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India’s average Internet speed is now the slowest among countries in the Asia-Pacific region, that were part of the study conducted by content delivery network Akamai Technologies for its Q3 2015 State of the Internet report. India had the lowest average connection speed in the region at 2.5 Mbps followed by Philippines at 2.8 Mbps.

The report is based on data collected by Akamai’s Intelligent Platform across several metrics. This report provides insight into internet connection speeds, broadband adoption rates, mobile connectivity, and attack traffic.

Overall India’s average internet speed grew by 5.3% QoQ and 26% YoY, and ranked 116th globally. South Korea continued to have the fastest average connection speed in the region and globally at 20.5 Mbps followed by Hong Kong at 15.8 Mbps (3rd globally) and Japan at 15 Mbps (7th globally). Singapore and Taiwan were the other two countries in the region with average connection speeds above 10 Mbps.


As we have mentioned time and again, the 2.5 Mbps average internet speed appears to be too high for India, as the TRAI defines broadband as internet connections above 512 Kbps. Airtel had even rejected this, and in a reply to TRAI’s draft paper on FUP said that a “service provider should be free to throttle the speed to 64kbps after the expiry of assigned data limit to the customer”. Keeping this in mind 2.5 Mbps average speed in India seems practically impossible. However, the possible reason for this bloated number is perhaps the fact that for the study Akamai only takes into consideration data gathered from its Intelligent Platform.

Akamai’s definition of broadband internet on the other hand, is internet connections with speeds above 4 Mbps. In Q3 2015, India had 14% connections above the 4 Mbps threshold, an increase from 23% from last quarter and 99% YoY. India was the second lowest ranked country in the Asia-Pacific region with the global rank 98, with only Philippines doing worse in the APAC region with a 10% adoption rate.

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High speed broadband adoption:

Akamai defines broadband connections with speeds over 10 Mbps as high-speed broadband. The adoption of high speed broadband in India stood at 2.3%, a 40% increase QoQ and 107% increase YoY. As of now, the country ranks 66th internationally, with some Asian countries like Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka and, surprisingly, China lagging behind India.

In South Korea, 68% of the internet connections were above the 10 Mbps mark, while 96% were above the 4 Mbps mark. Japan and Hong Kong also had an impressive adoption rate with 54% and 59% of the connections in each country above 10 Mbps, and 90% and 92% above 4 Mbps respectively.


15 Mbps connections:

There is a growing demand for 4K (Ultra HD) video content globally and even in India, given that 4K TVs are available for as cheap as Rs 36,000. According to Akamai, 10-20 Mbps bandwidth is the minimum speed required for seamless streaming of 4K videos. The 15 Mbps speed hits that sweet spot nicely.

South Korea ranked first by this metric, with 45% of the connection above 15 Mbps, followed by Hong Kong and Japan at 36% and 32% respectively. In India 15 Mbps or more speed adoption increased 85% YoY and stood at 0.8%, an increase of 33% from last quarter.

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Attack Traffic:

From two quarters ago, Akamai publishes a separate security report which it claims includes data previously published by Prolexic in its DDoS attack report.

This time around India stands 4th with reference to origin of attack traffic globally. The UK, surprisingly, was the biggest source of attack traffic overall internationally, toppling China with 25.6% of attack traffic originating in the country. China came in second, the source of 20.7% of attack traffic and the US was third with 17.04% of attack traffic.

Downloads: State of the Internet report (pdf) & State of Internet security report (pdf)

Image source: Julian Burgess under CC BY 2.0

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