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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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  • Ashesh Kabyajit Bal

    Not sucks it f**ks us..

  • 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

  • Himanshu Balayan

    +1 from me its sucks

  • Swapnil Adhav

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

  • akashbajpai20

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

  • Karthick Balaguru

    Are you mentally disabled or something?

  • Karthick Balaguru

    Why are you commenting irrelevently?

  • 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

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

  • Akhilesh Parmar

    Pay for 3G and you won’t even get 2G.

  • Rajbir Singh Shienh

    Viewing this report on 2G.

  • eazycartshop

    Lol.. it does

  • Dinesh Sharma

    We are still better from any nations

  • Kushagra Pandey

    You don’t say!!

  • Fahim Arshad

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

  • Pramod Gunjal

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

  • 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

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

  • Videet Malpe

    Thanks for telling us things which we already knew.

  • Armaan Singh

    Very happy with Tata’s WiFi actually

  • Gadgetoholic Sumit

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

  • Mohid Shaikh

    Probably the dumbest ISPs are here in India -_-

  • Ggmu Alvin

    Specially MTNL. Sucks.

  • 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

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

  • Aniket Sinha

    Well it does :P

  • Sandy Ahirwar

    Yes..reality is reality.

  • Roydon PhilipDsa

    I didn’t knew thankx

  • Umer Umi

    well we all know that… no need for report

  • Gaurav Blane

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

  • Sumit Rai Sood

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

  • 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

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

  • Aryan Agarwal

    That’s true as speeds are very slow

  • 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

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

  • Akshat Yadav

    I hope PM Modi sees this ….

  • Hemant Srivastava

    Yes but we are some sort happy.

  • Saawan Vidhyadharan

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

  • Suryam Srivastav

    It should be minimum 10mbps

  • Shourya Teja

    It sure does Rohit Ratish

  • Sunjay Chhetri

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

  • Ravi Dupare

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

  • Sarthak Mittal

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

  • Rahul Pøp

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

  • Vishal Khedkar

    I don’t need them to tell me that, I know it U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602

  • Nitesh Narsian

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

  • Alkesh Vaghela

    lol there is no doubt it sucks

  • Vai Negi

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

  • Amit Shewani

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

  • Sahil Gupta

    But still I am able to play modern Combat 5 on multiplayer with my MTNL broadband

  • Ashish Bhatnagar

    But rest of the world does! :)

  • Manesh Kalathil

    Why India don’t have speed? Any reason??

  • Karthick Balaguru

    India would be the last place on Earth you would expect for better internet services

  • cochin_techgeek

    igyaan They say digital India. And they give 512kbps speed on bsnl

  • Don Seenu

    iam happy with my 2 mbps bsnl broadband

  • saimajadi

    igyaan y do u actually test it… ? … we know ri8 …. -_- indian internet sucks… no need for tests…

  • sureshkgr

    igyaan totally agree …

  • Rahul Gahlawat

    Acc to indians net in india suck.. They dnt need to tell us wt we knw :p

  • Somasundar R Saravanan

    We dont need a UN report to know that..

  • Prince Kumar

    That’s true even for 3g networks.

  • Deep Singh Rana

    Very true..
    All ISP companies just want to sell their services, after that consumer can to goto hell.