How South Africa’s broadband speeds changed from 2007 to 2015

Akamai has released its latest State of the Internet report, which shows that South Africa has an average broadband speed of 3.3Mbps – up from 775kbps in 2007.

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 latest report shows that South Africa’s broadband performance has improved since 2007. However, over the last year the performance has not been good.

South Africa’s average broadband speed of 3.3Mbps is lower than the global average of 5.1Mbps.

The country’s peak broadband speed – the average of the maximum measured connection speeds – is 16.8Mbps. This is much lower than the global average of 32.5Mbps.

The graphs below show how South Africa’s broadband speeds and broadband adoption rates have changed between 2007 and 2015.

Average connection speed (in kbps)

Average connection speed

Average peak connection speed (in kbps)

Average peak connection speed

Unique IP addresses recorded

Unique IP addresses

Broadband adoption percentage (percentage of unique IP addresses connecting to Akamai that met the 4Mbps broadband speed threshold)

Broadband adoption

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