Akamai Technologies released its Fourth Quarter, 2012 State of the Internet Report, showing that South Africa had a surprise loss in the adoption of broadband connections with a speed of higher than 10Mbps.
Akamai’s State of the Internet Report gathers data from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, and provides insight into key global statistics including connection speeds and network connectivity.
According to the report, the global broadband (>4Mbps) and high broadband (>10Mbps) adoption improved by 2.7% and 2.1% respectively for the quarter.
Global broadband adoption rates rose slightly to 42%, while high broadband remained at 11%.
South Africa’s surprise high broadband adoption drop
The Akamai State of the Internet Report showed that there was an unexpectedly high 20% loss in high broadband (>10Mbps) adoption in South Africa – down from 2.01% to 1.61%.
Despite this quarterly decline, South Africa still showed a 490% increase year-on-year in the adoption of high speed broadband connections.
South Africa also had a strong year-on-year performance when looking at the adoption of broadband connections (>4Mbps).
According to the report, the country showed a 102% growth in broadband (>4Mbps) adoption over the last 12 months – up from 3.95% in Q4 2011 to 7.97% in Q4 2012.
This strong annual growth was recorded despite a quarterly loss of 9% in broadband adoption in the country.