Internet connectivity in India is among the worst in the world
| by Anuradha Shetty |
An Akamai Technologies report, titled State of the Internet Q4 2011 holds the answers to the queries of those of you who think that the state of the Internet (no pun intended) is particularly deplorable in their part of the country. The report, which helped itself with data from the company’s Akamai Intelligent Platform has found the Internet connectivity in India to be among the worst in the world. The State of the Internet report provides with details about attack traffic, broadband adoption, mobile connectivity and other relevant topics concerning the Internet and its usage, as well as trends seen in this data over time. The report, among other details elaborated on several key factors. It stated that the connection speed in India, on an average was found to be as low as 0.9Mbps, which put it in line with countries, like Egypt and Venezuela.
Connected, but slow... (Image credit: Getty Images)
The report further adds that the attack traffic percent in India in the fourth quarter of 2011 was 3 percent, which is lower than that it recorded in the third quarter of the year (3.7 percent). The average peak connection speed in the country was recorded to be 9651 Kbps in Q4 2011, while the average speed was 1664 Kbps. In the period of assessment (Q4 2011), there were 9,602,386 unique IP addresses that were recorded in the country. The average megabytes downloaded per month by mobile providers in the country was recorded to be 204 MB. Just a notch above India, in this respect is Kuwait (205 MB), closer on is Qatar (215 MB), while Hong Kong (3308 MB), Indonesia (6351 MB) in Asia fare exceedingly better.
Among the slowest
In India, 27 percent of the connection is below the 256 Kbps mark, and only countries racing ahead of India in this respect is Libya, where 52 percent of the connections fall below the stipulated 256 Kbps mark, and Nigeria (31 percent), Iran (30 percent) and Nepal (32 percent). In countries like the U.S, this number is as low as 1.6 percent. Only a measly 0.5 percent of the Internet connection speeds in the country were found to be above 5 Mbps, which opposed to a whopping 83 percent by South Korea, 60 percent by Japan and 57 percent by Hong Kong pales.
Also, not surprisingly none of the Indian cities feature on the list of the fastest cities in the world, in terms of Internet connectivity speeds.
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