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South African broadband speeds continue to increase, getting closer to international standards

By - January 23, 2013
Akamai state of the Internet

Akamai Technologies (Akamai) released its Q3 2012 State of the Internet report recently, revealing that the average Internet connection speed in South Africa increased by 32% (to 2.1Mbps) year on year.

The report, which is based on data gathered from the ‘Akamai Intelligent Platform’, provides insight into key global statistics including connection speeds, attack traffic, and network connectivity and availability, among many others.

The report showed that more than 680 million IPv4 addresses from 243 countries connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform during the third quarter of 2012.

Global Average and Peak Connection Speeds

In a surprise finding, the global average Internet connection speed decreased by approximately seven percent between the second and third quarters of 2012 to 2.8 Mbps.

South Korea continued to have the highest average connection speed at 14.7Mbps. Japan (10.7Mbps) and Hong Kong (8.9Mbps) rounded out the top three countries for average connection speed in the quarter.

Despite the slight quarter-over-quarter decline, global average connection speed enjoyed an 11 percent growth year on year.

Average connection speed

Average connection speed

Similar to the average connection speed metric, the global average peak connection speed (which represents an average of the maximum measured connection speeds) also saw a minor quarter-over-quarter decline, dropping 1.4 percent to 15.9Mbps.

In the third quarter of 2012, Hong Kong boasted the highest peak connection speed at just more than 54Mbps.

Looking at year-over-year changes, significant improvement was once again seen in the global average peak connection speed, growing 36 percent.

Average peak connection speed

Average peak connection speed

South Africa’s Internet connection speed boost

While the average global Internet connection speed decreased over the last quarter, South Africa showed an increase of 18% over the same period.

South Africa was the country with the fastest average broadband speed growth in the EMEA region.

South Africa’s average connection speed was 2.15Mbps in Q3 2012, edging closer to the global average of 2.8Mbps.

Average Internet connection speed in South Africa

Average Internet connection speed in South Africa

However, the war is not won yet.  South Africa remained the country in the EMEA region with the lowest average connection speed, but it is slowly closing the gap.

Average connection speed - EMEA countries

Average connection speed – EMEA countries

When looking at the average peak connection speed, South Africa again showed strong growth to reach 6.8Mbps in Q3 2012.

This growth was assisted by Telkom’s continued network upgrade which supports fixed broadband speeds of up to 40Mbps.

Average peak Internet connection speed in South Africa

Average peak Internet connection speed in South Africa

Despite South Africa’s 23% quarterly increase in its average peak Internet connection speed, it is still lagging well behind other nations in the EMEA region.

Average peak connection speeds in EMEA countries

Average peak connection speeds in EMEA countries

South Africa grew its high speed (over 10Mbps) broadband adoption rate by over 90% over the last quarter – partly thanks to Telkom‘s network improvements. South Africa also grew its broadband (over 4Mbps) adoption rate by 27% to 8.8%.

“Turkey and South Africa were the only two EMEA countries with broadband adoption rates below 10% in the third quarter, but since Q3 2007, broadband adoption has grown 900% in Turkey, and 176% in South Africa,” the report states.

High speed broadband adoption in South Africa

High speed broadband adoption in South Africa

 

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