Akamai has released its Q4 2014 State of the Internet report, which states that only 1.4% of South African Internet users enjoy high enough Internet 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 insight into global connectivity and Internet metrics.
Given the growing interest in the streaming of 4K – Ultra HD – video, Akamai started to track “4K readiness”.
With 4K adaptive bitrate streams generally requiring between 10Mbps and 20Mbps of bandwidth, the “4K readiness” metric measures the percentage of connections at speeds above 15Mbps.
According to the report, 4K-ready (>15Mbps) connections grew to 12% on a global basis. South Korea, with a 61% 4K readiness rate, is the global leader.
South Africa has a 4K readiness rate of 1.4% – well below all the other countries listed in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region.
The following graphs shows the change in South Africa’s 4K readiness over the last few years.