Most of the Internet users around the world may not have noticed this, but a new research data from the M-Lab, the collaboration between Princeton, Google and groups such as Open Technology Institute, showed that there was a significant increase in internet speed in the past one year. The study was carried out for exactly one year, starting from May 30, 2017. According to 163 million speed tests conducted individually, the average global internet speed showed an increase of 23%. This means that as opposed to last year’s measured broadband connection speed of 7.4 Megabits per second, speed this year has jumped to an average of 9.1 Mbps.
The U.S. jumped up from 21st spot last year to 20th spot this year in terms of speed, with the connection speed showing a remarkable increase from 20 Megabits per second to 26 Mbps. Singapore maintained its top position, improving connection speed to 60 Mbps from last year’s 55 Mbps, while Denmark rounded off the top three, with increase in speed from 33 Mbps to a speed of 43 Mbps. However, this fast growth at the very top also concealed the increasing deterioration at the foot of the table, with China dropping to 141st position from 134th position, with a meager 2.4 Megabits per second download speed, while Somalia and Syria are rotting with a speed below 1 Mbps. Dan Howdle, analyst for consumer telecoms at Cable, stated that while countries leading the chart should be applauded, those at the base of this table should not be neglected.
Meanwhile, internet users in India can rejoice, as the Government has brought in the world’s strictest net neutrality rules, guaranteeing fair internet to everyone. Net neutrality prevents providers from favoring certain sites through illegal means. Activists in India believe that India has one of the highest potentials in the world with regards to internet access, and the presence of a strong net neutrality setup will prevent exploitation of the emerging new users. Internet Service Providers flouting the norms could lose their license for operating in India.