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India’s 3.6 Mbps average Internet speed slowest in APAC: Akamai

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 Q2 2016 State of the Internet report. India had the lowest average connection speed in the region at 3.6 Mbps followed by the Philippines at 4.3 Mbps. 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 3.2% QoQ and 54% YoY, and ranked 113th globally. South Korea continued to have the fastest average connection speed in the region and globally at 27 Mbps followed by Hong Kong at 19.5 Mbps (4th globally) and Singapore at 17.2 Mbps (9th globally). Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and New Zealand were the other countries in the region with average connection speeds above 10 Mbps. As we have mentioned time and again, the 3.6 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 the TRAI recently recommended redefining the minimum broadband speed to 2mbps. Akamai’s definition of broadband internet on the other hand, is internet connections with speeds…

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