Akamai has released its Q3 2015 State of the Internet report, which shows that South Africa has the worst broadband speeds in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region.
South Africa was also the only country in the EMEA region which failed to meet the basic broadband standard of 4Mbps.
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.
Average broadband speeds
According to the report, the global average connection speed was 5.1Mbps in the third quarter of 2015.
Average connection speeds among the top 10 countries remained well above 10Mbps, and seven of the 10 had average connection speeds above 15Mbps.
South Korea had the highest average broadband speed at 20.5Mbps, followed by Sweden at 17.4Mbps and Norway on 16.4Mbps.
South Africa recorded an average broadband speed of 3.7Mbps – failing to meet the broadband threshold of 4Mbps.
Average peak connection speeds
In the second quarter of 2015, the global average peak connection speeds was 32.2Mbps.
This figure represents the average of the maximum measured connection speeds across all of the unique IP addresses seen by Akamai.
Singapore had the highest average peak connection speed at 135.4Mbps, followed by Hong Kong at 101.1Mbps and South Korea at 86.6Mbps.
In South Africa, the average peak connection speed was 18.9Mbps – the lowest in the EMEA region.