Monday, 27 October 2014

Prime Minister’s Office using average internet speeds of 34Mbps

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is running on a speedy internet connection, using a 34Mbps internet line, according to an RTI application. Speaking to the Times of India, the RTI applicant Vinoth Ranganathan, co-founder of onlinerti.com, said that as a Prime Minister, he ought to have better internet connectivity considering in the US, Google Fibre provides 1Gbps to regular citizens.
According to Akamai’s State of the Internet report for Q2 2014, India is ranked 115 in the world with an average internet speeds of almost 2Mbps. That is the lowest average internet speed in the Asia-Pacific region. In comparison, the South Korean average internet speeds hover around 24.6Mbps.
The average peak connection speeds in India is around 14Mbps and only a tiny 1.2 per cent of the total internet users across the country gets more than 10Mbps internet speeds.
The PMO working on speedy internet speeds is a step in the right direction. Back in August, the state-run telecom operator BSNL announced the ambitious Digital India campaign, which aims to ensure national optic fibre network (NOFN) providing Wi-fi hotspots at commercial places, mobile wallet services and delivering m-governance services. NOFN aims to provide high-speed broadband connectivity to 2.50 lakh gram panchayats in India by March 2017.
The RTI gives more information on the operating systems used in the PMO. ” Client computer works on Windows 7/Windows 8 and server works both on Windows and Linux, ” said the RTI reply.