Biggest-ever broadband speed jump in South Africa

Akamai has released its Q1 2016 State of the Internet report, which shows that South Africa’s average and peak broadband speeds have experienced the biggest-ever growth over a quarter.

Akamai’s report is based on data gathered from the company’s Intelligent Platform, and provides insights into global connectivity and Internet metrics.

In Q1 2016, South Africa recorded an average broadband speed of 6.5Mbps, up from 4.1Mbps in Q4 2015.

South Africa’s average peak broadband speed of 30Mbps – the average of the maximum measured connection speeds – jumped by over 8Mbps from the previous quarter.

This increase in average connectivity speeds is a result of the aggressive roll-out of fibre-to-the-home and LTE in South Africa.

While South Africa is still lagging behind global speed averages, the latest improvements mean it is catching up.

The graphs below show the average and average peak broadband speeds in South Africa over the last 10 years.


Average Connection Speed in South Africa

Average connection speed


Average Peak Connection Speed in South Africa

Average peak connection speed


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