South African Internet speeds vs The World

Cable.co.uk has published the latest Worldwide Broadband Speed League report using data from Measurement Lab (M-Lab), the largest global provider of open Internet performance data.

M-Lab is a partnership between New America’s Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research, Princeton University’s PlanetLab, and various supporting partners.

Data was measured over the period of June 2017 to May 2018 and compared to the same period the previous year to determine the year-over-year change in broadband speeds.

Over 200 countries were included, with key measurements including average download speeds and unique IP addresses.


South Africa’s rankings

South Africa ranks in the top 100 countries for broadband speed in the world, but still falls well below the global average download speed of 9.10Mbps.

Kenya, Israel, and Vietnam are among the countries which outpace South Africa in average download speeds.

South Africa saw a 2% increase in average download speed compared to last year, however, moving the country up two places in the rankings.

The country rankings for 60-80th place are shown below. The unique IP column indicates unique IP addresses which conducted monitored speed tests.

Rank Country Average Download Speed Unique IPs Change YoY
60 Monaco 11.02Mbps 349 -5.11%
61 US Virgin Islands 10.55Mbps 201 +5.41%
62 Isle of Man 10.54Mbps 1,448 +1.53%
63 Faroe Islands 10.38Mbps 141 +2.90%
64 Kenya 10.11Mbps 6,581 +1.28%
65 Bahamas 9.95Mbps 1,180 -0.11%
66 Belarus 9.21Mbps 42,144 +2.53%
67 Bermuda 9.13Mbps 720 +3.19%
68 Macedonia 8.82Mbps 12,437 +1.48%
69 Jamaica 8.25Mbps 2,588 +1.65%
70 Israel 7.64Mbps 23,572 +0.44%
71 Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.37Mbps 22,413 +0.37%
72 Panama 7.05Mbps 3,111 +4.75%
73 Puerto Rico 6.88Mbps 5,462 +0.44%
74 Montenegro 6.74Mbps 6,946 +0.89%
75 Vietnam 6.72Mbps 22,055 +1.26%
76 South Africa 6.38Mbps 643,816 +2.02%
77 Georgia 6.25Mbps 3,396 +0.39%
78 Uruguay 6.19Mbps 5,452 +4.88%
79 St Kitts and Nevis 6.12Mbps 144 +4.40%
80 Curaçao 5.99Mbps 700 +4.00%

Top 10

Singapore and Sweden retained their positions at the top of the leaderboard in average download speeds, with other European countries moving up the rankings.

Luxembourg saw an average download speed increase of 19.62% and rocketed up 25 places to number 8.

The United States comes in at number 20, well below a number of European and Asian nations – including Estonia, Japan, and Hong Kong.

The top 10 countries, ranked by average download speed, are listed below.

Rank Country Average Download Speed Unique IPs Change YoY
1 Singapore 60.39Mbps 128,458 +5.26%
2 Sweden 46.00Mbps 79,844 +5.84%
3 Denmark 43.99Mbps 19,650 +10.45%
4 Norway 40.12Mbps 12,282 +10.99%
5 Romania 38.60Mbps 58,274 +17.24%
6 Belgium 36.71Mbps 56,527 +9.34%
7 Netherlands 35.95Mbps 295,412 +2.43%
8 Luxembourg 35.14Mbps 3,667 +19.62%
9 Hungary 34.01Mbps 129,898 +10.85%
10 Jersey 30.90Mbps 1,107 +7.60%

Now read: South African suburbs with the fastest mobile speeds

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