South Africa ranks 81st in the world based on average broadband speeds. Just how much slower is our Internet compared to the UK and the rest of the world?
There’s no denying the sad truth that is South Africa’s internet speed. We are far too accustomed to blank screens with loading symbols and pages taking years to respond. An interesting fact: Did you know that while you’re loading a YouTube video, you press the down arrow to play a game of Snake?
Yes, it’s that bad.
In world internet rankings, South Korea takes first place with a whopping average connection speed of 25.3 Mbps, while South Africa cruises along with 3.6 Mbps in 81st place. The United Kingdom ranks at 19th with an average speed of 10.7 Mbps.
This is according to the latest Akami report (entitled ‘State of the Internet’) of the third quarter of 2014. But South Africa is not a complete embarrassment. Internet speed is on the rise. In the fourth quarter of 2013 Akami report, South Africa’s average connection speed was 2.3 Mbps, putting us in 97th place.
The report indicates that average connection speeds are up by 59% overall on a year-by-year basis.
The United Kingdom is slowly slipping places (down from 13th place in Q4 2013) with average speeds only up by 17 percent overall on a year-by-year basis.
The report further found that 81% of UK broadband users have access to speeds in excess of 4 Mbps, while only 23% of South African broadband users have this access. This means that most South
Africans do not experience “true broadband speeds” as Akami considers 4 Mbps as the “broadband threshold”. 20% of users in the UK and just 1.7% of users in South Africa are able to get to speeds exceeding 15 Mbps. Only 3.4% of South Africans are connected to high-speed broadband (over 10 Mbps), while 36% of the UK is connected.
The report placed South Korea as leader of the pack with average speeds of 25.3 Mbps. Hong Kong holds second place with 16.3 Mbps; Japan holds third (15.0 Mbps), followed by Switzerland (14.5 Mbps), Sweden (14.1Mb), the Netherlands (14.0Mb) and Ireland (13.9Mb).