Akamai has released its 2017 Q1 State of the Internet Report, which shows that South Africa’s average Internet connection speed of 6.7Mbps is slower than that of Kenya and Turkey’s. Akamai’s report is based on data gathered from the company’s Intelligent Platform and provides insight into global connectivity metrics. According to the report, the global average connection speed was 7.2Mbps – an increase of 15% year-on-year.
South Korea had the highest average connection speed at 28.6Mbps. “Increases in connection speeds and broadband penetration have helped enable the Internet to support levels of traffic that even just a few years ago would have been unimaginable,” said Akamai.
Average broadband speeds
South Africa’s average of 6.7Mbps was a year-on-year increase of 3.6%. The top African country was Kenya, with an average broadband speed of 12.2Mbps.
Average peak connection speeds
In Q1 2017, South Africa’s average peak connection speed was 32.4Mbps – slower than Kenya’s 38.5Mbps.
This represents the average of the maximum measured connection speeds across all unique IP addresses seen by Akamai.
- ^ State of the Internet Report (www.akamai.com)
- ^ Best and worst connected provinces in South Africa (mybroadband.co.za)