South African broadband speeds – worse than Kenya, but better than Namibia

Akamai has released its Q1 2016 State of the Internet report, which shows that the average broadband speed in South Africa is 6.5Mbps.

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.

Israel had the highest average connection speed in the Middle East and Africa with 13.5Mbps, followed by the United Arab Emirates at 8.8Mbps, and Qatar at 8.4Mbps.

Kenya was the top country in Africa, with an average connection speed of 7.3Mbps, followed by South Africa on 6.5Mbps.

Year-on-year changes in average connection speeds in the Middle East and Africa were positive across the board.

Namibia saw the smallest change with a 4.8% increase, while Kenya had the largest with a 298% increase.

The remaining 11 countries all enjoyed double-digit yearly gains – ranging from 12% in Turkey to 96% in South Africa.

Average connection speed

Highest average peak connection speeds

Qatar led the Middle East and Africa region in average peak connection speeds, with a 15% quarterly increase to 89.2Mbps – 23Mbps higher than second-place Israel.

Namibia had the lowest average peak connection speed, posting a 3.1% gain to 13.3Mbps.

South Africa and Iran posted the biggest increases at 40% and 39% respectively, while Egypt saw the smallest increase at 1.1%.

Average peak connection speed

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