Internet speeds in South Africa vs The World

South Africa is ranked 97th in the world in average national broadband speed, according to the annual Worldwide Broadband Speed League report released by Cable.co.uk.

The report analysed more than 557 million broadband speed tests worldwide, revealing the ranking of 221 countries and territories when it comes to average national network speeds.

The data was gathered by M-Lab, an open-source project with contributors from civil society organisations, educational institutions, and private sector companies.

At the top of the global broadband speed rankings was Lichtenstein, which boasts a mean download speed of 229.98Mbps. A connection this fast means it would take you just under three minutes to download a 5GB movie.

“Last year, the five fastest countries had download speeds around 125-times faster than the five slowest. That gap is widening,” Cable.co.uk said.

“This year, the top five are 276-times faster than the five slowest.”

In last place is South Sudan, which has a mean download speed of just 0.58Mbps.

According to the report, the average national broadband speed in South Africa was 14.04Mbps – a speed at which it would take over 48 minutes to download a 5GB movie.

We compared the average broadband speeds in South Africa and the rest of the world.


South Africa vs Sub-Saharan Africa

South Africa has one of the fastest average broadband speeds in Sub-Saharan Africa, beaten only by Madagascar and Réunion.

Other countries in this region tend to have far lower broadband speeds, with fewer tests and unique IPs measured across the board.

The broadband speed rankings for Sub-Saharan Africa are shown below.

Rank Country
Mean Download Speed (Mbps)
1 Madagascar
18.00
2 Réunion
16.35
3 South Africa
14.04
4 Kenya
8.20
5 Lesotho
7.43
6 Mauritius
7.28
7 Zimbabwe
6.92
8 Liberia
6.83
9 Cape Verde
6.64
0 Senegal
5.93
11 Cote D’Ivoire
5.55
12 Ghana
5.46
13 Uganda
5.16
14 Comoros
4.85
15 United Republic of Tanzania
4.54
16 Eswatini
4.51
17 Gabon
4.37
18 Burkina Faso
4.19
19 Angola
4.15
20 Malawi
4.07
21 Burundi
4.04
22 Togo
4.03
23 Seychelles
3.96
24 Namibia
3.91
25 Sierra Leone
3.86
26 Zambia
3.84
27 Rwanda
3.80
28 Mayotte
3.52
29 Mozambique
3.47
30 Mali
3.45
31 Nigeria
3.34
32 Guinea
3.04
33 Botswana
2.78
34 Cameroon
2.78
35 Niger
2.77
36 Chad
2.25
37 DR Congo
2.06
38 Republic of the Congo
2.00
39 São Tomé and Príncipe
1.99
40 Benin
1.67
41 Guinea-Bissau
1.61
42 Gambia
1.60
43 Djibouti
1.50
44 Sudan
1.35
45 Somalia
1.14
46 Ethiopia
1.12
47 Equatorial Guinea
0.75
48 South Sudan
0.58

South Africa vs The World

South Africa’s average broadband speeds fall significantly short of countries within Europe and America.

Cable.co.uk consumer telecoms analyst Dan Howdle said the global increase in broadband speeds can be attributed primarily to faster countries.

“While global broadband speeds continue to trend upward, the truth is faster countries are the ones lifting the average, pulling away at speed and leaving the slowest to stagnate,” Howdle said.

“The slowest countries are not slowing, they are simply not growing – while the fastest countries continue to accelerate year-on-year,” he said.

Below are the top 100 countries in the world ranked by mean broadband speed.

Rank Country Mean Download Speed (Mbps)
1 Liechtenstein
229.98
2 Jersey
218.37
3 Andorra
213.41
4 Gibraltar
183.09
5 Luxembourg
118.05
6 Iceland
116.88
7 Switzerland
110.45
8 Hong Kong
105.32
9 Monaco
104.98
10 Hungary
99.74
11 Netherlands
95.60
12 Aruba
89.81
13 Malta
87.36
14 Denmark
85.03
15 Aland Islands
81.31
16 Sweden
81.29
17 Bermuda
73.60
18 Singapore
72.75
19 Slovak Republic
72.26
20 United States
71.30
21 Estonia
70.90
22 Norway
67.31
23 New Zealand
66.66
24 Belgium
66.49
25 Slovenia
65.46
26 Romania
61.08
27 Cayman Islands
57.96
28 Barbados
56.90
29 Republic of Lithuania
56.63
30 Spain
55.84
31 Poland
55.40
32 Taiwan
54.77
33 Japan
54.62
34 Canada
52.60
35 Latvia
52.32
36 France
51.33
37 Puerto Rico
47.87
38 Malaysia
46.82
39 Bulgaria
46.22
40 Isle of Man
44.16
41 Finland
44.05
42 Germany
42.33
43 Republic of Korea
40.81
44 Grenada
38.64
45 Bahamas
38.14
46 Portugal
37.99
47 United Kingdom
37.82
48 Guernsey
36.83
49 Panama
36.55
50 Turks and Caicos Islands
36.29
51 Ireland
34.87
52 Croatia
33.82
53 Thailand
30.61
54 Saint Pierre and Miquelon
30.31
55 Trinidad and Tobago
29.70
56 United Arab Emirates
28.33
57 Czechia
28.12
58 Austria
27.74
59 Republic of Moldova
27.48
60 Israel
26.49
61 Greece
26.01
62 Australia
25.65
63 Montenegro
25.07
64 Russian Federation
24.98
65 Serbia
24.74
66 San Marino
24.26
67 Qatar
23.98
68 Italy
23.18
69 Uruguay
22.16
70 Virgin Islands, U.S.
21.39
71 Curaçao
20.87
72 Sri Lanka
20.73
73 Kosovo
20.30
74 Jamaica
20.01
75 Vatican City
19.12
76 Greenland
18.65
77 Madagascar
18.00
78 Brazil
17.89
79 Belize
16.57
80 Paraguay
16.50
81 Costa Rica
16.42
82 Réunion
16.35
83 Saint Lucia
16.35
84 Mexico
16.19
85 Chile
16.10
86 Belarus
16.08
87 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
15.69
88 Bosnia and Herzegovina
15.66
89 Cyprus
15.62
90 Faroe Islands
15.47
91 New Caledonia
15.15
92 Ukraine
15.09
93 Macau
14.66
94 Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
14.54
95 Saint Martin
14.49
96 Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba
14.28
97 South Africa
14.04
98 Martinique
14.02
99 Virgin Islands, British
13.63
100 Georgia
13.50

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