Akamai Technologies has released its First Quarter 2013 State of the Internet Report, showing that South Africa’s peak average Internet connection speed has exceeded 8Mbps for the first time.
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 in South Africa
South Africa’s average Internet connection speed in Q1 2013 was 2,166kbps – up from 1,845kbps a year ago.
While South Africa’s average speed increase is encouraging, it is still lower than the global average of 3.1Mbps.
South Africa also remained the EMEA country with the lowest average connection speed.
Average peak Internet connection speed
South Africa’s average peak connection speed, which represents an average of the maximum measured connection speeds, broke the 8Mbps barrier for the first time.
South Africa’s average peak Internet connection speed in Q1 2013 was 8,026kbps – up from 6,087kbps a year ago.
However, this increase does not bring South Africa closer to the global average peak connection speeds which also saw very strong growth – increasing to 18.4 Mbps.
Average Internet connection speed: South Africa vs EMEA
The following table shows how South Africa compared to other countries in the EMEA region based on average connection speed.