Akamai released its Q1 2012 State of the Internet report recently, revealing that South Africa was the fastest growing country when it comes to “high broadband” adoption.
Akamai defines “high broadband” as connections to Akamai of 10Mbps or greater – this is up from the 5Mbps baseline that was used within the report from 2008-2011.
The Akamai State of the Internet report uses data gathered from the Akamai Internet Platform about connection speeds, attack traffic, network connectivity/availability/latency problems, and IPv6 growth.
According to the report, 42 countries saw quarterly growth in high broadband adoption. South Africa showed the fastest growth with a “massive 149% increase” – up from 0.2% to 0.7% from Q1 2011 to Q1 2012.
Over the last three months South Africa showed further strong growth in high speed broadband adoption, and in Q2 2012 Akamai reported a 10Mbps or higher broadband adoption of 1.1%.
Despite this strong growth, South Africa still lags far behind the rest of the world. According to the report, the global level of high broadband adoption was 10% for the first quarter of 2012.
This means that South Africa’s high broadband adoption is still only around 10% of global standards.