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30% of connections in India now above 4 Mbps: Akamai

India has 30% connections above the 4 Mbps threshold, according to a study conducted by content delivery network Akamai Technologies for its Q3 2016 State of the Internet report. Overall, connections above 4 Mbps saw 19% increase from the previous quarter, and 116% from the same quarter last year. However, despite this, the country was still the 2nd lowest ranked in the Asia-Pacific region and overall 103rd in the world. The average connection speeds in the country were also up - 4.1 Mbps from 3.6 Mbps last quarter - but still continued to be the slowest average internet speed in the APAC region. Honestly, as we have mentioned time and again, even 4.1 Mbps appears to be hard to believe for India, although Akamai attributed the growth to initiatives like Google’s RailTel. South Korea continued to have the fastest average connection speed in the region and globally at 26.3 Mbps followed by Hong Kong at 20.1 Mbps (also 2nd globally) and Singapore at 18.2 Mbps (6th globally). Overall India’s average internet speed grew by 14% QoQ and 62% YoY, and ranked 105th globally. Going by Akamai’s previous reports, India’s internet speed has climbed steadily over time to finally breach the 4 Mbps average speed barrier - the speed Akamai considers as broadband. Last quarter, according to Akamai, India had an average internet speed of 3.6 Mbps, up from 2.5 Mbps in Q3 2015, from 2 Mbps in Q3 2014 and from 1.4 Mbps in Q3 2013. It’s worth noting that…

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