Mobile broadband speed surprise for South Africa

Akamai Technologies released its Fourth Quarter, 2012 State of the Internet Report, showing that South Africa is performing surprisingly poorly when it comes to mobile broadband speeds.

Akamai’s State of the Internet Report gathers data from the Akamai Intelligent Platform, and provides insight into key global statistics including connection speeds, attack traffic, and network connectivity and availability, among many others.

According to the report, the average mobile connection speeds on surveyed mobile network operators range from a high of just over 8Mbps to a low of 345kbps.

Eight providers demonstrated average connection speeds in the “broadband” (>4 Mbps) range. Sixty-four more providers delivered average connection speeds greater than 1Mbps.

Austrian mobile provider “AT-2” posted a 9% quarter-over-quarter increase in average connection speed, growing to just over 8Mbps to take the top spot as the mobile network provider with the highest average connection speed.

Poor South African mobile broadband speed performance

South Africa (only listed as provider ZA-1) performed surprisingly poorly when it comes to mobile broadband speeds.

South Africa had the lowest average peak connection speed, dropping 3.6% quarter-over-quarter to 2.7 Mbps.

South Africa’s average mobile speed of 554kbps was also one of the lowest in the world.

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Africa’s mobile Internet speeds

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