Akamai has released its Q4 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.
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.
Average broadband speeds
According to the report, the global average connection speed was 5.6Mbps in the fourth quarter of 2015.
South Korea had the highest average broadband speed at 26.7Mbps, followed by Sweden at 19.1Mbps, and Norway on 18.1Mbps.
South Africa recorded an average broadband speed of 4.1Mbps – the first time the country surpassed the broadband threshold of 4Mbps.
Average peak connection speeds
In the fourth quarter of 2015, the global average peak connection speed was 32.5Mbps.
This figure represents the average of the maximum measured connection speeds across all the unique IP addresses seen by Akamai.
Singapore had the highest average peak connection speed at 135.7Mbps, followed by Hong Kong at 105.2Mbps, and South Korea at 95.3Mbps.
In South Africa, the average peak connection speed was 21.8Mbps – the lowest in the EMEA region.