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Nearly 40% connections in India above 4 Mbps: Akamai

India has 38% connections above the 4 Mbps threshold, according to a study conducted by content delivery network Akamai Technologies for its Q4 2016 State of the Internet report. Overall, connections above 4 Mbps saw 28% increase from the previous quarter, and 123% from the same quarter last year. However, despite this, the country was still the 2nd lowest ranked in the Asia-Pacific region and overall 102nd in the world. The average connection speeds in the country were also up – 5.6 Mbps up 36% last quarter – but was still the 3nd slowest average internet speed in the APAC region. Honestly, as we have mentioned time and again, even 5.6 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 26.1 Mbps followed by Hong Kong at 21.9 Mbps (also 4nd globally) and Singapore at 20.2 Mbps (8th globally). Overall India’s average internet speed grew by 36% QoQ and 99% YoY, and ranked 97th globally. Going by Akamai’s previous reports, India’s internet speed has climbed steadily over time to finally breach the 5 Mbps average speed barrier – above the 4 Mbps speed Akamai considers as broadband. Last quarter, according to Akamai, India had an average internet speed of 4.1 Mbps, the first time it crossed 4 Mbps in its reports. It’s worth noting that the TRAI defines broadband as internet connections above 512…

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