India once again had the slowest average Internet speed among Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries, according to a study by content delivery network Akamai Technologies for its Q1-FY16 State of the Internet report. India’s average connection speed during the quarter was 3.5 Mbps, Philippines also had the same speed (3.5 Mbps). South Korea recorded the highest average speed in APAC (and globally) with 29 Mbps.
Indian service providers have started offering plans beyond 25 Mbps though. Many operators, such as You Broadband and ACT broadband offer plans of up to 100 Mbps, but, this counts for a very small demographic of the Internet population of India.
The Akamai report also said that the average mobile broadband speed has actually gone up to 3.5 Mbps, compared to 2.8 Mbps last year.
Another positive in the report for India was the fact that the adoption of 4 Mbps Internet speed had risen by 38 percent in the last quarter. Which means that over a fifth of the Internet population now has a connection with 4 Mbps speed; also, India has shown almost 138% year-on-year growth.
Although, only 2% of the connections in India are above the 15 Mbps speed, the segment itself has seen a tremendous 210% growth. Therefore, it is expected that more people will adopt high-speed connections in the coming months.
Recently, the Mary Meeker report also stated that India has now the second highest number Internet users in the world. This is largely due to the rising sales of smart-phones in the country. Many manufacturers are launching smart-phones at affordable prices, which are reflected in the fact that India has also taken the second place in terms of smart-phone shipments worldwide.
Globally, 4 Mbps broadband adoption grew by 73%, up 5.4% from the previous quarter, while South Korea recorded the highest level of adoption at 97%. South Korea also led the world across the 10 Mbps, 15 Mbps, and 25 Mbps broadband tiers, with adoption rates of 84%, 69%, and 42% respectively.