Akamai has released its Q1 2014 State of the Internet report, which states that only 0.8% of South African Internet users enjoy high enough speeds to support 4K streaming.
Akamai’s State of the Internet report is based on data gathered from the company’s “Intelligent Platform”, and provides insights into global connectivity and Internet metrics.
The report showed that South Africa performed dismally when looking at broadband speeds, broadband adoption rates, and mobile broadband speeds.
According to the report, 4K (Ultra HD) adaptive bitrate streams generally require between 10Mbps and 20Mbps of bandwidth.
Akamai’s new “4K Readiness” metric highlights the percentage of connections to Akamai at speeds above 15Mbps.
Globally, 11% of broadband connections were at speeds of 15Mbps or above. South Korea led the list with 60% 4K readiness while Japan had 32% of its connections at that level.
South Africa had a 4K Readiness of only 0.8%, which means that less than 1% of connections in South Africa offered speeds of higher than 15Mbps.
South Africa was also one of the only countries in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region with a 4K readiness rate below 1%.