South African bandwidth shocker

South Africa is plummeting down the global international Internet bandwidth rankings. This is according to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report 2014-2015.

The Global Competitiveness Report 2014 – 2015 assesses the competitiveness landscape of 144 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity.

“The Report series remains the most comprehensive assessment of national competitiveness worldwide,” the WEF said.

According to the report, South Africa performed above average on the availability of the latest technologies (39 out of 144 countries), firm-level technology absorption (29), and FDI and technology transfer (50).

The country did not fare well in fixed broadband Internet subscriptions (89) and mobile broadband subscriptions (74).

International Internet bandwidth

One section on the report focuses on the international Internet bandwidth capacity (kb/s) per Internet user in a country.

This measure is based on the sum of capacity of all Internet exchanges offering international bandwidth, measured in kilobits per second (kb/s).

According to the report, South Africa dropped from 63 (out of 144 countries) in 2012 to 126 in 2014 using this measure.

South Africa is now ranked below countries like Uganda, Zambia, Ghana, and Mali when looking at the international Internet bandwidth rankings.

The following graph illustrates how South Africa dropped down the international Internet bandwidth rankings over the last three years.

International Internet bandwidth
International Internet Bandwidth Ranking

Individuals using the Internet

The WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report had some good news regarding South Africa’s Internet market as well.

The number of individuals in South Africa using the Internet has improved significantly over the last three years.

The following graph shows how South Africa’s global ranking regarding Internet use has improved.

Internet usage rankings
Internet Usage Rankings

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