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PM Narendra Modi browses internet at 34Mbps: Report

While the average broadband Internet speed in India is around 2mbps, the speed in the country's highest office is 34mbps, if a Times of India report is to be believed. Reportedly, this was revealed in an RTI application.

indiatoday.in   New Delhi     Last Updated: October 29, 2014  | 13:39 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

It is not a hidden fact that the Internet speeds in India are borderline abysmal, but that fact does not pertain to the Prime Minister's office. While the average broadband Internet speed in India is around 2mbps, the speed in the country's highest office is 34mbps, if a Times of India report is to be believed. Reportedly, this was revealed in an RTI application.

Apparently, the National Informatics Centre is providing a speed up to 34mbps. While this number is good for India, in the US, Google's Fibre broadband service provides speeds up to 1gbps, which is almost 30 times faster. In fact, even in Kochi's 'Start Up Village', speed up to 1Gbps is provided.

The average peak connection speed in India is around 14.2mbps, and only 1.2 per cent people in the country enjoy speeds beyond 10mbps.

Earlier in the year, India was ranked an abysmal 115 in Akamai's 'State of Internet' report. The report ranked South Korea no.1 with its maximum Internet speed reaching 24.6mbps. Clearly, the state of Internet is not great in India, but Prime Minister Modi's Digital India plan intends to resolve this. He has dedicated a budget of 1 lakh crores so that high-speed Internet is offered in all villages and this plan is scheduled to be finished by 2019.

Fast Internet connections enable lower latency in streaming video, loading web pages and downloading files. India lags behind in this regard, something which has been even acknowledged by Google, which owns video streaming site YouTube. For India, Google has added an offline viewing mode in YouTube as the reach and speed of connectivity is limited in the country.

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