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UN Broadband Penetration Report : Internet in India Sucks

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We can’t say we’re surprised to hear that according to a report by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, India has fallen in ranking in broadband penetration. The nation has spiraled down to 131 in 2014 from 125 in 2013.  A total of 189 countries were part of the survey conducted by the UN.

This news comes just days before the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Summit in New York and the meeting of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development on the 26th of this month.Net-Neutrality-Internet-Open

There has been a 2.3 percent fall from a 15.3% in 2013 to a 13% in 2014 in broadband penetration in India. Further, the UN Broadband Commission report also pointed out that 57% of the world’s population stays out of the realm of internet, depriving themselves of umpteen opportunities of financial and intellectual development that the virtual world has to offer. International Telecommunication Union Secretary-General Houlin Zhao commented on the topic and said,

“Our important challenge now is to find ways of getting the four billion people online who still lack the benefits of Internet connectivity, and this will be a primary focus of the Broadband Commission going forward.”

A national broadband policy was adopted in India as late as 2011, alongside Middle Eastern countries like Iran and Lebanon. When it comes to the internet, India has some more interesting stats to offer. The UN survey provides a tabular representation of fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 capita. The country leading this table is Monaco at a 46.8, closely followed by Switzerland at a 46. India finds itself at a puny 1.2 in this table. Closer home, countries like Thailand and Singapore are way above at 8.2 and 27.8 respectively.

The numbers are slightly better for the country in terms of fixed broadband for mobile phones per capita 100. India finds itself located at a 5.5. But before you give yourself a pat on the back for this, remember that Bangladesh is at a 6.4, and the country at the top is China with a 322.2. Looks like it’s only the size of the population where we can give China competition at the number game.Internet

Lastly there is a table which shows the number of households with internet connections. India is at an 18%, once again behind unexpected countries like Yemen, Thailand and Bhutan! The country at the top of this table is Iceland with a 98.2%. Now that is something to think about.

 According to the survey, Europe is home to all the top ten cities with the maximum number of internet users. The other end of the spectrum is filled by sub-Saharan African countries which has the least percentage of internet usage and connectivity. For a more detailed approach, find the entire report here.

Evidently, India continues to lag behind in the technology race. Despite all the developments in the tech world, the amount of capital being invested in the country and the rampant presence of technology in our lives, the figures on paper are discouraging. One can only hope for a better progress rate by the next UN survey.

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Rosheena Zehra
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Rosheena is a Senior Content Writer at iGyaan. Find her on Facebook below.
62 comments
PratUshh
PratUshh

Being a 'not so rich ' country you cant expect to have above 50% penetration , but its not acceptable to go on without a minimum speed limit , and being happy to see websites open in 4-10 seconds or watching youtube on 144p/240p  

Swapnil Adhav
Swapnil Adhav

We don't need anyone to tell us that. We know it!

akashbajpai20
akashbajpai20

@igyaan Yes In india we pay for fast network but we get slow ,unstable & unreliable network.

Navdeep Verma
Navdeep Verma

I follow linustech on fb n he recently uploaded a pic on how much speed they are getting in new office n it was just over 800mbps

Oliver Fernandes
Oliver Fernandes

Whats a penetration report....if you know what I mean :P

Fahim Arshad
Fahim Arshad

I thought internet in pakistan sucks...we can have a competition on whose internet sucks the most??......lol

Pramod Gunjal
Pramod Gunjal

Instead of conducting a research,you could have asked any Indian..

Z.i. Fahim
Z.i. Fahim

You guyz are really the joker of South Asia.....only you guyz can talk rubbish....Keep dreamming #internet_suckers...... #stupid.........

Akshay Maini
Akshay Maini

No its doesn't suck.. I skyoe with my bro in hongkong and his network sucks

Videet Malpe
Videet Malpe

Thanks for telling us things which we already knew.

Gadgetoholic Sumit
Gadgetoholic Sumit

our so called leaders dn hv time to do so no proper guidelines for minimum standard speed ..it f***

Mohid Shaikh
Mohid Shaikh

Probably the dumbest ISPs are here in India -_-

Nelson D'souza
Nelson D'souza

It's all because of deep rooted corruption and 4G network in India is a real joke. Cheap tricks of some really corrupt indian companies.

Javed Gadag
Javed Gadag

Noooo... Internet in India actually fu*ks!!!! actually f

Umer Umi
Umer Umi

well we all know that... no need for report

Gaurav Blane
Gaurav Blane

My daily usgae is upto 800mb it only takes 7 days to reach 6gb

Sumit Rai Sood
Sumit Rai Sood

yup..2mbps upto 6 gb..and after baba ji ka thullu

Rohit Ratish
Rohit Ratish

The thing is that good internet is available in almost every region. It's just that people don't want to pay. That's why we have such aweful packs like 128kbps even today

Nikhil Goel
Nikhil Goel

2mbps is enough if it works to its 2mbps speed properly..

Nikhil Goel
Nikhil Goel

All of us do agree with dis.. N we knew dis without dis report too.. Even airtel 4g sucks.. Dey r just business n making profits.. Janta jaye bhaad me, dis is d mantra of comapny n govt..

Gaurav Blane
Gaurav Blane

2mbs upto 6gb and 512kb after 6gb usage... fu*k!!

Saawan Vidhyadharan
Saawan Vidhyadharan

Change kbps to KBps.... Everything will be fyn... People have to recognize the trik in these two....

Sunjay Chhetri
Sunjay Chhetri

Not true I am getting 40mbps for just 2000 for 3 months

Ravi Dupare
Ravi Dupare

bsnl broad band jaisa slow internet toh god maire dushman ko bhi na dai :p

Sarthak Mittal
Sarthak Mittal

What doesnt? The internet, the pay scales, the media :(

Rahul Pøp
Rahul Pøp

Normal Internet speed is 6-7mbps in US South korea 21mbps

Vishal Khedkar
Vishal Khedkar

I don't need them to tell me that, I know it \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602

Nitesh Narsian
Nitesh Narsian

i use hathway broadband... does not disconnect and i get 50mbps speed... so i dnt think it sucks

Vai Negi
Vai Negi

But speed is increased to 2 Mbps......now y complaint

Amit Shewani
Amit Shewani

Of course it does, happy realization \U0001f47f Ask MTNL/BSNL who are the worst service providers \U0001f635