India ranks 17 globally in terms of unique IP addresses, 7 in terms of attack traffic origination, and 109 in terms of connectivity speed, according to the first quarter, 2011 State of the Internet report released by Akamai Technologies. The report is based on data gathered from the Akamai Internet platform, which carries between 15-30 percent of the world’s web traffic at any time, and highlights the challenges and opportunities for Internet penetration and broadband adoption in India.
Commenting on the report, Sanjay Singh, Managing Director - India, Akamai Technologies, said, “Our global platform of nearly 100,000 servers, in 74 countries, across 1000+ networks, provides us with a unique vantage point of Internet adoption in India and allows us to compare data with other developing and developed countries. The number of unique IP addresses connecting to our platform from India grew by 21 percent in Q1. India is clearly at the cusp of a mobile data explosion and it will be interesting to track how the newly launched 3G networks will shape the trends in the coming quarters.”
The report revealed that global average connection speed increased by 23 percent year on year to 2.1 Mbps, while India’s average connection speed increased by only 0.7 percent to 0.8 Mbps. Also, the percentage of narrowband connections from India (speeds below 256 kbps) was at 35 percent, while the percentage of broadband connections (speeds above 2 Mbps) was at 4.9 percent.
As per the report, in the first quarter of 2011, approximately 7 million unique IP addresses from India connected to the Akamai Internet platform. This equates to six unique IPs per 1,000 people on average and represents 21 percent more IP addresses than connected in the fourth quarter of 2010.