Africa still lagging in broadband speeds globally

Posted on October 19, 2012 12:15 pm

Africa has recorded an average broadband speed of 100Kbps for the third quarter of 2012, way behind the global average speed by 1.4Mbps. Akamai State of the Internet 2012 report does not paint Africa broadband in a good light according to the figures I went through. It’s worth noting that Akamai now defines true broadband as 4 Mbps and no longer features anything less than 256 kbps which is still a common speed in Africa. Despite the increase in the average African broadband speed over the quarter only 1.5% of attack traffic emanated from Africa.The global average connection speed grew by 14% from last quarter, to 2.6 Mbps. Libya still has the slowest connection speed of any country according to the report while United Republic of Tanzania is one of the countries that experienced decline in average peak connection speed down to 5.1 Mbps. South Africa has 10 Mbps although adoption currently stands at 0.7%.Average mobile connection speeds listed were for the four largest African nations in terms of usage namely Egypt,Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa.Average speeds range from 996 kbps in Morocco to 592 kbps in Egypt to 496 kbps in South Africa to 322 kbps in Nigeria.

The global leader in connection speeds is held by South Korea, with 14.2Mbps compared to a country like Cote D’Ivoire with an average speed of 0.4Mbps which clearly shows disparity in broadband connectivity between first world countries and third world counterparts.Russia comes out ahead when it comes to mobile connection speeds, recording an average of 7.7Mbps.Handset traffic analysis reveals Android leading the pack, with 38 percent of all requests on mobile networks. Second place goes to iOS with 33 percent. The ailing Blackberry accounted for only 4 percent of traffic requests. When mobile and wifi are factored together iOS is responsible for 5 percent of traffic requests while Android comfortably outstrips iOS, at 32 percent.The data suggests Android is more often used on mobile networks in Africa while iOS is more frequently used for wi-fi connections although in minimal scale.The report took into account attack traffic emanating from 188 countries, an increase from 182 countries in the previous quarter.China is the number one country for exporting attacks, with 16 percent of all traffic.This is expected, however, given China’s size and the number of domestic Internet connections.In second place was the United States, with 12 percent and Turkey with 7.6 percent while Africa accounted for nothing.

Contador Harrison