Global internet speed rises; India lags at 2.8 Mbps

New DELHI: The global average internet connection speedincreased 23% to 5.6 Mbps in the quarter ended December 2015 compared to the same period of 2014, a report said on Wednesday.

The report "Fourth Quarter, 2015, State of the Internet Report" was released by Akamai Technologies Inc, a global leader in content delivery network services.

"From a global perspective, the average connection speed increased 8.6% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) and 23% year-over-year (YoY) to 5.6 Mbps, while the global average peak connection speed increased 1% QoQ, and increased 21% YoY to 32.5 Mbps," it said.

South Korea had the highest average connection speed in Asia-Pacifi-c region at 26.7 Mbps, while India had the lowest at 2.8 Mbps.


"This quarter's (October to December 2015) report shows great YoY growth in average connection speeds and overall broadband adoption," said David Belson, editor of the report.

South Korea (95.3 Mbps) and Macao (83.1 Mbps) were the only countries/regions to post double-digit quarterly gains in average peak connection speed at 10% and 13%, respectively.

"This is particularly important as consumer expectations rise and many high-profile events, like the summer games in Rio, will be streamed this year.


"The progress we are seeing across our key metrics shows that, while there's still work to be done, more parts of the world are increasingly able to support the delivery of broadcast-quality video content online," he added.

The report also showed each of the top 10 countries/regions saw double-digit growth in 25 Mbps broadband adoption except Hong Kong, which posted a 9.8% change quarter-over-quarter. Norway and Denmark saw the greatest yearly gains, the report cited.

SOURCE - TOI

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