The Q3 2011 Akamai State of the Internet report shows that South Africa’s average Internet connection speed continues to increase.
This good news is however spoilt by the fact that South Africa is lagging well behind global broadband standards.
According to the Akamai report, which is based on data gathered from the Akamai Internet Platform, the global average connection speed continued to increase in the third quarter of 2011, climbing 4.5% to 2.7Mbps.
South Korea maintained the highest average connection speed, at 16.7Mbps, followed by Hong Kong (10.5Mbps) and Japan (8.9Mbps).
South Africa’s average Internet connection speed, in comparison, is 1.6Mbps – well below global standards.
The following table shows the average measured connection speed by country.
South African speeds
South Africa’s Internet average Internet connection speed has been increasing over the last few years, but it is still well below competing economies.
Looking at the average connection speeds of other BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), South Africa only performs better than India.
The situation looks even worse when comparing South Africa to countries such as the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
It is clear that South Africa’s broadband speeds are well below global standards, and that urgent action is needed to rectify this situation.