Home is where the heart is: that’s an idiom that rings as true in China as it does anywhere, and it’s the reason why millions and millions of urban Chinese trek their way out into the countryside each Spring Festival to visit their parents. But for many Chinese, home isn’t where the wifi is. And that means increased use of mobile data. In fact, according to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), in the week since the lunar new year began Chinese have consumed more than 49.3 million gigabytes of mobile data.
MOBILE data traffic in the Asia Pacific region, excluding China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand, is projected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 69% from 2014 and increase by 14-fold by 2019. According to the latest annual update of the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2014-2019, the mobile data traffic in these Asia Pacific countries is growing 1.6 times faster than the global average, which is forecasted to increase by nearly 10-fold over the next five years.
NEW DELHI: Mobile internet usage in India grew by 74%, driven by 3G traffic which more than doubled last year, says a study by Nokia Networks. “There has been huge growth momentum of data usage in India on wireless networks driven by 3G traffic. The data usage grew by 74% and 3G usage was up by 114% at end of 2014, compared to 2013,” Nokia Networks vice president and head of India region Sandeep Girotra said here. The 2G mobile internet usage grew by 41% in 2014, as per Nokia Network’s MBit Index study.
NEW DELHI: Online classifieds platform OLX today said it expects traffic on its website to grow at a strong pace, driven by increasing penetration of smartphones in the country. India, which already accounts for the highest number of listings, had about 1.5 billion monthly page views generated from the country. The Naspers-Backed firm generated more than 11 billion monthly page views. It is present in over 106 countries in 40 languages.
Taiwan’s direct Internet connection with 17 countries (including Hong Kong and Macao) reached total bandwidth of 1.422Tbps as of the end of the third quarter of 2014, increasing 0.64% on quarter and 21.87% on year, according to the latest quarterly survey conducted by the government-sponsored Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC).
According to the latest ‘State of the Internet’ quarterly report by content delivery network, Akamai, Viet Nam continues to lag behind in broadband adoption. It has the second slowest Internet speed in Asia and globally ranks 117th, behind Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines. The Akamai report states that the average Internet connection speed in Viet Nam is 2 Mbps while the global average Internet speeds have reached 3.9Mbps, and the highest average peak connection speed was 21.2Mbps.
Internet speeds in China have historically remained sluggish, though the country has been making steady strides in improving online connectivity. According to a report from China Cache, in which the organization analyzed data speeds across its 15,000 servers in China, the national average internet speed (excluding Hong Kong) for Q4 2013 reached 3.45Mb/s, up 33.2 percent from the previous year. Region by region, Shanghai sits at the top of the with an average connection speed of 5.40Mb/s, followed by Beijing at 4.17Mb/s and Fujian Province at 3.93Mb/s.