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MUMBAI: India is on a hot streak.
The country has overtaken China in internet traffic, according to a new study by the internet analytics firm IHS Global Insight, and now ranks No. 1 in the world in terms of internet traffic.
The latest figures show India has the second-highest internet traffic growth rate in the globe behind China.
India’s top internet service provider, Vodafone India, recently reported an overall increase of almost 2.7 million Internet users in the country in the 12 months to March 31.
IHS estimates that India’s internet traffic grew by 5.6% in the year to March, outpacing the global average growth rate of 2.6%.
“India is the largest country in terms and traffic growth and the Internet traffic growth is a result of the country’s high quality of life,” said IHS’ executive director, Dr. Amit Kapoor.
“The average speed of Internet users has been increasing in India since 2013, and we believe that this growth is due to a number of factors including the fact that Indians have a high standard of living, are spending more time online and are using technology for their daily needs.
The data show that this trend will continue.”
Kapoor said India’s growth in internet usage is expected to accelerate further as India’s population continues to grow and its economic growth continues.
The country’s average speed has also been increasing steadily, with internet users in India now enjoying speeds up to 1.5Mbps (megabits per second) or over 1.7 times the national average speed.
India ranked No. 2 on IHS’s list of internet services with more than 2.2 million Internet subscribers, up from No. 3 in the previous survey.
The IHS data shows that India is the third-most populated country in Asia after China and Japan.
India has overtaked China to become the second largest Internet traffic destination after China.
China overtook India as the world’s second largest internet traffic destination in the second half of 2016, but that was before the Chinese government announced a crackdown on the Internet.IHS said India has seen a significant increase in internet access for a number and internet users are increasingly opting for free or low-cost services.
In addition, a number a recent initiatives are expected to help improve internet access, including internet access charging for mobile operators, internet access charges for Internet services, and internet access in remote areas.