Akamai Technologies released its Fourth Quarter, 2012 State of the Internet Report, showing that South Africa has shown good improvements in terms of average Internet access speeds.
Based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, the report provides insight into key global statistics including connection speeds, attack traffic, and network connectivity and availability, among many others.
Average Internet connection speed
Quarter-over-quarter, the global average connection speed rose 5 percent to 2.9 Mbps. Year-over-year, average connection speeds grew by 25 percent.
South Korea had the highest average Internet connection speed at 14Mbps, followed by Japan on 10.8Mbps and Hong Kong on 9.3Mbps.
Average Internet connection speed in South Africa
South Africa’s average Internet connection speed in Q4 2012 was 2,132kbps – up from 1,515kbps a year ago.
“At 2.1 Mbps, including a quarterly decline of less than 1%, South Africa continued to have the lowest average connection speed among the surveyed EMEA countries,” the report stated.
Despite the slight quarterly decline, South Africa’s Internet access speed is moving in the right direction with one of the largest yearly increases of all countries listed in the report.
Average peak Internet connection speed
The global average peak connection speeds enjoyed a quarter-over-quarter increase of 4.6 percent to 16.6 Mbps.
Hong Kong claimed the highest peak connection speed at 57.5 Mbps, a rise of 6.2 percent from last quarter.
Year-over-year, global average peak connection speeds once again demonstrated significant improvement, rising 35 percent.
Average peak Internet connection speed in South Africa
South Africa’s average peak Internet connection speed in Q4 2012 was 7,143kbps – up from 5,250kbps a year ago.
Despite this increase, South Africa remained a country with one of the lowest average peak connection speeds, ranking 125th globally.