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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

India Ranks 112th Globally in Internet Speed

India has crossed the 100 million internet users mark; however, the speed of browsing is still quite slow. Over the past few years, Indian government is trying hard to raise Internet invasion and the average internet speed that users avail, though it has made little difference to ground realities.

Leading global Internet content delivery network, Akamai rolled out its quarterly report on "State of Internet" which reveals that comparing to the previous quarter, India has an improved internet usage, both in number and speed, though in larger scheme of things, the numbers are very disappointing. When it comes to internet speed, India is ranked at 112th globally, much lower than other Asian countries like Malaysia and Thailand which have four times faster internet speeds than India. The report also highlighted that having 100 million users is not enough, better and faster internet connectivity is equally important to avail the benefits of internet and suggested the listed below facts:

1. The quarterly comparison of state of Internet highlights

The percentage of broadband connections (connections to Akamai at speeds above 2 Mbps) grew at 45 percent quarter over quarter. The percentage of narrowband connections (connections to Akamai at speeds below 256 kbps) remains one of the highest globally at 31 percent. India's average connection speed increased 13 percent quarter over quarter to 844 kbps. India was ranked eighth globally in terms of attack traffic origination with 2.7 percent of observed global attack traffic.

2. Internet Penetration Worldwide

In the second quarter of 2011 more than 604 million unique IP addresses from 238 countries and regions W ERE connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform. Amid those countries that are listed in the top ten list for the number of unique IPv4 addresses connecting to the Akamai Intelligent Platform during the quarter, Brazil topped the list for the quarterly increase at 9.0 percent, growing to over 15 million IP addresses, followed by Japan's 8.7 percent growth to nearly 45 million IP addresses a close second. Among the European countries in the top 10, Italy claimed the greatest quarterly gain at 5.4 percent, growing to just over 14 million IP addresses while Germany gathered an increase of only 0.4 percent, staying just below 35 million IP addresses. U.S. managed to add only 0.6 percent to its unique IP address count, remaining just below 143.5 million IP addresses.

3. Mobile Connection Speeds and Data Consumption

The average measured connection speed for global known mobile providers ranged from a high o f slightly more than 5 Mbps to a low of 209 kbps in the second quarter of 2011. Approximately three-quarters of the surveyed providers had average connection speeds above 1 Mbps. With regard to average peak connection speeds for the 108 mobile providers worldwide for which Akamai analyzed data, the report highlights a range of 23.4 Mbps as the fastest to 1.2 Mbps as the slowest. Of all such mobile providers, three boasted average peak connection speeds above 20 Mbps, 27 achieved average peak connection speeds above 10 Mbps and 47 recorded average peak connection speeds greater than 5 Mbps. Only one mobile provider located in South Africa did not record an average peak connection speed above 2 Mbps. Over the second quarter of 2011, mobile consumption figures remained fairly persistent with data from the first quarter. Consumers at 10 of the surveyed mobile providers consumed an average of 1 GB or more per month from the Akamai platform. Users at 74 of the surveyed providers consumed greater than 100 MB per month of content, and users at the remaining 20 providers consumed less than 100 MB per month. Through its relationship with Ericsson, Akamai continues to include data collected by the equipment provider in the State of the Internet report. According to Ericsson, the volume of mobile data traffic in the second quarter of 2011 doubled year-over-year and grew eight percent quarter-over-quarter.

4. Attack Traffic and SSL Trends

In the second quarter of 2011, Akmai observed that Taiwan generated the most attack traffic, hitting Myanma r, the last quarter's newcomer to the list, to second position. Observing that the total attack of traffic aggregated by region Asia Pacific/Oceania generated 47 percent of such attack traffic, Europe 30 percent, the Americas 20 percent, and Africa a mere 3 percent. SSL is widely used across the web to enable secure communications with social networks, e-commerce sites and financial services applications. Akamai observed that the use of the SSL cipher AES 128-SHA-1 has nearly tripled while the use of SSL cipher RC4-MD5-128 has declined by almost two-thirds. Interpreting the observed trends, as well as data observed for other SSL ciphers, Akamai regarded the use of RC4-based ciphers may reach near zero levels over the next several years. Furthermore, these trends may indicate a shift towards stronger ciphers, which could lead to SSL becoming more secure over time.

5. High Broadband Connectivity

In the second quarter of 2011, 27 percent of all connections to the Akamai Intelligent Platform were mad e at high broadband speeds (>5 Mbps). Netherlands took the top spot in high broadband adoption boasting 68 percent of its country's connections to Akamai above 5 Mbps. Hong Kong and South Korea attained 59 percent and 58 percent high broadband adoption respectively. Seven European countries are within the list of top 10 countries in high broadband adoption.