Did you know that India is home to third highest number of technology driven startups across the globe? The study, done by Assocham in association with Thought Arbitrage Research Institute. So add another bullet point in your list as a proud Indian. The mirror says that expert and industry analyst feel that slow internet speed in our country is not adequate to take advantage of modern app based ecosystem.

Government’s Effort

There has been a push to connect Indian rural regions with Digital India and BharatNet. Government has announced its crucial internet outreach program to extend broadband to 2.5 lakh gram panchayats through optic fibre cable network under BharatNet. So far so good and it seems like we are heading in the right direction. We are witnessing a great potential in internet based services offered to us today. We are set to become an internet savvy nation which will be relying heavily on internet from getting taxi, grocery and online passport application and so on.

Mobile Internet Speed

Telecom providers in India have also started offering their 4G services. 4G enabled handsets are also available at a very cheaper price which makes it mobile internet very affordable by a common man. However, fixed broadband internet speed is still lagging and far behind the average internet speed across the globe.

According to Akamai the content delivery network and cloud service provider Q4 2015 report India secured 114th rank globally for its average internet speed at 2.8 Mbps. It is also slowest in Asia region.

Internet average connection speed improved to 5.6 Mbps globally. So 4 times increase in our current 512 Kbps speed will still keep us below the global average.

It’s a good start that this issue is raised by IT Minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad. As he prompted to take the matter with Ministry of Communications as told to TOI. They are looking to mandate broadband speed of 2 Mbps from current 512 Kbps. It was last revised in August 2014 from 256 Kbps.

It is a welcome news and we all are looking forward to the announcement. I think we are also waiting for free Wi-Fi in national capital anxiously. So please don’t give up, you might see a free public hotspot one fine morning. If you have something to add to this story, please share it in comments.

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