Ookla’s NetIndex website has become the premier service for comparing and ranking consumer download speeds around the globe.
The NetIndex results are based on millions of recent test results from Speedtest.net. The average throughput is calculated using results over the past 30 days where the mean distance between the client and the test server is less than 300 miles.
According to NetIndex the average download speed globally is 8.89Mbps while the average upload speed is 2.96Mbps.
The countries with the highest average download speeds are Lithuania (32.40Mbps), South Korea (29.47Mbps) and Sweden (24.96Mbps).
South African Download Speeds
The average South African download speed is 2.91Mbps while users recorded an average upload speed of 1.11Mbps.
The Top 10 broadband service providers are listed below, but it should be noted that the results are based on all tests on the network from an ISP, which may include core network tests and tests from non-broadband services like fibre leased lines.
- Cybersmart – 6.86Mbps
- Neotel – 5.79Mbps
- Vodacom – 3.68Mbps
- Cell C – 3.67Mbps
- MTN – 3.55Mbps
- Altech Technology Concepts – 2.98Mbps
- WebAfrica – 2.79Mbps
- Global Internet Access – 2.71Mbps
- Telkom – 2.56Mbps
- MWEB Connect – 2.38Mbps
- Internet Solutions – 2.31Mbps
- Africa INX – 2.23Mbps
- XDSL Dynamic ADSL – 2.15Mbps
- X-DSL – 1.79Mbps
- Neology DSL – 1.41Mbps
- BCSGroup DSL – 1.37Mbps
- Screamer Telecoms – 1.15Mbps
Ookla’s NetIndex also provides a graph for each broadband network provider which tracks the average speed over a period of 18 months.
In the case of Cell C, for example, the graph clearly shows strong download speed growth after the operator switched on its 21Mbps HSPA+ network.
When it comes to sheer network stability Web Africa and MTN are hard to beat, as shows in the graphs below.