India Broadband Adoption Trends: Average Connection Speed 0.9 Mbps, Hyderabad and Chennai fastest cities

Akamai Technologies published their quarterly report today analyzing the trends in this hyper-connected world and presented an overview of the state of internet in India and also globally.

In the current report, the average connection speed in India was recorded at 0.9 Mbps, a sequential quarterly growth of 12%. In comparison, China’s average connection speed was at 1.4 Mbps and  India remains the only measured country in Asia with average connection speeds below 1 Mbps. The global average connection  speed by comparison grew by 4.5% to 2.7 Mbps.

Average Connection Speed by Country

Average Connection Speed by Asia Pacific Country

Hyderabad and Chennai were the fastest Indian cities in India with average connection speeds of 1.5 Mbps and 1.2 Mbps. The report also finds that average connection speeds in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kolkata were at 0.8 Mbps, 0.8 Mbps, 1.1 Mbps, and 1.1 Mbps, respectively.

Indian broadband (>2 Mbps) adoption finally touched the 10% threshold, growing 45% quarter-over-quarter, while high broadband (>5 Mbps) adoption was at 0.6%, growing at 46% quarter-over-quarter.

High Broadband Connectivity

Broadband Connectivity

The report also gives a view of the different mix of traffic depending on the type of data plans. Online media and web browsing are the major components of data usage.

Traffic Mix for Different Data Plans

The report does show the improving state of internet in India. Increasing hyper-connectivity and steady growth in connection speeds across India will bring new business models and reach for organizations in every industry – from media to mining, from  financial services to manufacturing, from commerce to logistics. The scope of development in every business can increase manifolds with the increase in the average connection speeds for users, thus enhancing user experience.

Credit: “State of the Internet” by Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Read Full Report here)