The sad truth about SA’s mobile speeds

Akamai released its Second Quarter 2013 State of the Internet Report, showing that one of South Africa’s mobile operators (only identified as ZA-1) has the worst connection speed of all global operators.

The Akamai State of the Internet Report is based on data gathered 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.

During the second quarter of 2013, average connection speeds on surveyed mobile network operators ranged from a high of 9.7 Mbps to a low of 0.5 Mbps.

Eleven operators demonstrated average connection speeds in the broadband (>4 Mbps) range, and 62 operators showed average connection speeds above 1 Mbps.

The report revealed that the Russian mobile provider “RU-1” had the highest average connection speed at 9.7 Mbps, while South Africa’s “ZA-1” had the lowest average speed at at 0.5 Mbps.

“The lowest average peak connection speed in the second quarter, 2.2 Mbps, was once again seen on South African provider ZA-1, after a 21% decline quarter-over-quarter,” the report stated.

The Saudi Arabian mobile provider “SA-1” had the highest average peak connection speed at 53.9 Mbps, while South Africa’s “ZA-1” had the lowest peak speed at 2.2 Mbps.

The name of the operator ZA-1 could not be established. Akamai’s senior public relations manager Chris Nicholson explained that they are required to keep the identities of the operators anonymous.

The following chart shows exactly where South Africa’s “ZA-1” operator fits into the global landscape.

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