Chutias a.k.a. Indians are still on the slow train to the Internet.
According to caching company Akamai’s State of the Internet Report for 4Q 2012, India ranks a pitifully low 116 in a global ranking of average connection speed to the Internet.
Forget the developed nations like U.S., Canada, South Korea, Japan, UK etc, even Iraq, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Syria and Egypt are ahead of India.
If broadband is defined as a connection speed of over 4Mbps, India is still limping along with just 2.8% of connections hitting the mark.
It’s perplexing as to how the software outsourcing king of the world could have such a low broadband penetration.
The only answer I can think of is that expanding broadband access is not a priority for the Indian government.
Or maybe broadband Internet access is a luxury for the majority of Indians who survive on $2 or $3 a day..
South Korea continues to be numero uno when it comes to fast Internet speed. The Far East nation also has the highest broadband adoption rate in the world of 86%.
If you’re curious, here’s SI’s Internet speed at 1:17PM Eastern Time today.
But my connection speed tends to go down in the evenings to about 18Mbps.
Overall, I don’t have much to complain about.
One silver lining in the State of the Internet Report is that compared to China, U.S., Turkey, Russia etc, Indians spend less time mounting malicious attacks on others.
China is the worst offender when it comes to origination of attacks, accounting for a humongous 41% of all Internet attacks compared to a mere 2.3% for India.
Attacks from China showed an increase in the fourth quarter of 2012, rising from 33% in the third quarter.
Attacking others is in the Chinese DNA, be it physical attacks on India and occupying our territory, attacking other web sites or brutally attacking its own citizens.
Attack traffic from the U.S. fell from 13% in the third quarter to 10% in the fourth quarter of 2012.