Telecom Lead India: The peak internet speed in India stood at 7.3Mbps, up 33 percent year over year. India lags behind global leader Hong Kong’s 49.2Mbps speed.
The average Internet connection speed in India was above 1Mbps in the second quarter, a growth of nearly 5 percent quarter-over-quarter.
India has only 0.1 percent connections that can be qualified as “high broadband” (average speed of 10 Mbps), according to Akamai Technologies.
Broadband adoption rate in India continues to be on rise and witnessed change in excess of over 10 percent quarter-over-quarter.
Akamai Technologies said the global average connection speed increased 13 percent to 3.0 Mbps from the first to second quarters of 2012, continuing a trend of strong growth.
South Korea continued to have the highest average connection speed at 14.2 Mbps for the quarter.
Japan was second at 10.7 Mbps and Hong Kong was third at 8.9 Mbps.
Only two of the top 10 countries saw an increase in average connection speed during the second quarter, with Switzerland and the Czech Republic rising 4.0 percent to 8.4 Mbps and 0.7 percent to 7.2 Mbps, respectively. The remaining eight countries experienced declines ranging between 0.5 percent in Denmark to 9.8 percent in South Korea.
The most significant quarter-over-quarter increase in average connection speed was Kenya’s 227 percent to 1.8 Mbps.
The most dramatic decline occurred in Cote D’Ivoire, where the average connection speed dropped 29 percent to 0.4 Mbps.
Year-over-year trends remained generally positive, with global average connection speeds increasing by 15 percent, including growth in seven out of the top 10 countries.
The global average peak connection speed grew 44 percent year over year, including increases of 10 percent or more across all of the top 10 countries. Worldwide, 126 countries saw increases, six of which grew in excess of 100 percent between the second quarters of 2011 and 2012. In contrast, only eight countries saw year-over-year declines.
The fastest mobile average connection speed in the second quarter of 2012 was 7.5 Mbps, delivered by a mobile provider in Russia.
Six mobile providers had average connection speeds in the broadband (4 Mbps or better) range and 67 had average connection speeds greater than 1 Mbps during the quarter.
The fastest mobile average peak connection speed for the quarter came from a provider in the U.K. at 44.4 Mbps.