South Africa’s internet speed shocker

Akamai released its Q4 2013 State of the Internet report, which showed that South Africa’s broadband speeds and adoption are far below global standards. In fact, it is so poor that it should set the alarm bells ringing.


Akamai’s State of the Internet report is based on data gathered from the company’s “Intelligent Platform”.

The Akamai report provides insights into global connectivity and Internet metrics, including connection speeds, attack traffic, and broadband adoption and Internet availability.

The Akamai report showed that the global average connection speed grew 5.5% to 3.8 Mbps. South Korea continued to have the highest average connection speed at 21.9 Mbps.

South Africa, in comparison, had an average connection speed of 2.3Mbps. This represents a year-on-year increase of 14%.

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What should raise concern is that South Africa was the only country in the EMEA region (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) which did not have an average connection speed higher than 4Mbps.

Akamai sees 4Mbps as the “broadband threshold”, which means that most South Africans do not experience true broadband speeds.

To read the full report, click here