Akamai report: Internet speeds in India very poor

Akamai's latest State of the Internet report says India is ranked 114th globally with 0.9Mbps as the average connectivity speed.

As an optimist and technology enthusiast, I like stories that talk about improved Internet connectivity in India. Going into this information age, having a strong infrastructure is essential for India. Unfortunately, despite some of the promising announcements coming like the government of India investing several Billion dollars, Akamai says Internet in India sucks compared to rest of the world.

Back in March of this year, a press release from Akamai India gave us some insight regarding Internet speeds in India and the latest edition of Akamai's quarterly State of the Internet report, puts in perspective India's Internet connectivity with the rest of the world. Here are the stats and numbers from Akamai:

  • 21.8Mbps—Highest (average) connection speed available in Taegu South Korea
  • 114—India's rank for average connection speeds globally
  • 0.9Mbps—average Internet speed in India (South Korea has the best at 17.5Mbps, and the global average is 2.3Mbps)
  • 27%—Internet connections in India below 256Kbps (Narrowband connectivity, India ranked 5th)
  • 8.4%—Internet connections in India that are 2Mbps or more (Broadband connectivity, India ranked 88th)
  • 66%—Internet connections globally that are 2Mbps or more
  • 0.5%—Internet connections in India that are 5Mbps or more [more? Seriously?] (High Broadband, India ranked 60th)
  • 27%—Internet connections globally that are 5Mbps or more
  • 9,602,386—Unique IPs in India
  • 1.5Mbps—Average speed in Hyderabad, fastest connectivity in India (Chennai is second with 1.2Mbps)
  • 0.8Mbps—Average speed in New Delhi and Mumbai
  • 1.1Mbps—Average speed in Bangalore and Kolkata
  • 1664Kbps—Average mobile speeds in India
  • 204MB—Average data downloaded on mobile phones in India

These stats come in addition to some that I've previously written. In a January 2011 report, the Telecomm Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said India has 11.21 Million Broadband users and in November 2011, Nielsen said India has 80 Million Internet users. Figures attached with Akamai's report: