For a country slated to become the third largest Internet market in the world after China and United States, broadband speed and penetration sucks! Don’t go by our words. Here’s more proof: According to a new report, sixty countries around the world had broadband adoption levels greater than 10%, while China and India had the lowest levels of adoption among countries on the list, at 3 % and 1.2 % respectively.
Like before, India remains the country with the lowest average connection speed in the region at a 1 Mbps. The latest Akamai state of the Internet report reveals that India and China are lagging global peers when it comes to broadband penetration but there is hope. While the average connection speed in India is in the pits, there has been significant improvement in the first quarter of 2012, the report said.
For the quarter, average connection speeds as compared to the same period a year ago has seen a significant growth in India and China which delivered yearly growth above 20 % in the first quarter.
The top three countries in the Asia Pacific region remained South Korea, Japan, and Hong Kong. The 16 % jump in India’s average connection speed pushed the country back up to the 1 Mbps mark, after falling just below it last quarter. India had the largest improvement in peak connection speeds at 21 % over the previous quarter, improving its average peak connection speed to 6.9 Mbps, followed closely by Singapore’s 20% increase, to 28.6 Mbps. Japan was the only other country to see quarterly growth in excess of 10%, growing 17% to reach 39.5 Mbps in the first quarter.
“Although India and China have the lowest average peak connection speeds in the region, these speeds have continued to increase over the long-term, as they grew 33% and 46% respectively from the first quarter of 2011,” the report said. It also added that, In India, Malaysia, and the Philippines, there is a clear need for high speed Internet connectivity to be more widely deployed — over time, with increased availability of such connections, these countries will qualify for inclusion within the list and will ideally be able to drive adoption rates up above the 1% mark.