India’s internet speed remains slowest in Asia-Pacific ; 23% rise witnessed Globally : Akamai

With the ‘Digital India’ campaigns, Indians had expected a major technological improvement in the country, but according to the latest report, India is found to have the slowest internet connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

The report ‘Fourth Quarter, 2015, State of the Internet Report’ had been published by the content delivery network services provider Akamai Technologies which provide insights into connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.

According to the report, globally the average connection speed witnessed an increase of 23% year-over-year(YoY) to 5.6 Mbps which is an 8.6% increase from the third quarter. Also, the Global average peak connection speed raised to 32.5 Mbps, a 21% increase YoY.

South Korea attained the top position with the highest average connection speed at 26.7 Mbps while India had the lowest average speed at 2.8 Mbps. 21.2 Mbps was the peak speed in India, much lower than the average connection speed of South Korea.

Being at the 114thrank in Internet Speeds, India has seen a 36% increase in average connection speeds YoY and 11% increase quarter-over-quarter(QoQ), while the peak speed has grown 46% higher than last year.

The report also shows that broadband adoption had a good YoY growth with top 10 countries witnessing a double digit growth.

IPv4 and IPv6 statistics show that there is a global increase of 0.2% in new unique IPv4 addresses. Around 70% countries witnessed a 10% QoQ increase in unique IPv4 addresses.

The report also revealed that the United Kingdom had the highest average mobile connectivity at 26.8 Mbps with Spain being in second place at 14 Mbps.

17% connections in India are above 4 Mbps and 2.8% are above 15 Mbps. India is one of the top 10 countries to have the highest unique IPv4 addresses. (17.6 Million) with the US being at the first position with 143 million unique IPv4 addresses.

With numerous initiatives launched under ‘Digital India’ campaign, it is high time for India to improve its internet infrastructure. With a pro-technology Government, India can be digitally successful with increased internet speeds.

Originally published at on March 24, 2016.