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No surprises: India’s 3.5Mbps lowest Internet speed in APAC

First, play the song. Thom Yorke's baleful vocals which say that there are no alarms and no surprises sets the tone for this story. India’s average Internet speed continues to be the slowest among countries in the Asia-Pacific region, that were part of the study conducted by content delivery network Akamai Technologies for its Q1 2016 State of the Internet report. India had the lowest average connection speed in the region at 3.5 Mbps tying with the Philippines at the same speed. The report is based on data collected by Akamai’s Intelligent Platform across several metrics like internet connection speeds, broadband adoption rates, mobile connectivity, and attack traffic. Overall India’s average internet speed grew by 24% QoQ and 55% YoY, and ranked 114th globally. South Korea continued to have the fastest average connection speed in the region and globally at 29 Mbps followed by Hong Kong at 19.9 Mbps (4th globally) and Japan at 18.2 Mbps (7th globally). Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and New Zealand were the other two countries in the region with average connection speeds above 10 Mbps. As we have mentioned time and again, the 3.5 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”. Note that…

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