Africa’s Broadband Internet Speeds
20 July 2018
The Internet first came to Africa in the 80s when the first Internet networking system was setup in South Africa. Then came the first dial-up connection (to France) connected Africa to the Internet for the first time in 1993. By the late 90s, the first proposal for a Regional Internet Registry for Africa (which went on to become AFRINIC) was already being worked on.
In 2001, the first major subsea Internet cable connecting Africa was installed and by 2008 internet penetration had passed 5% for the first time ever, nearly a decade behind the world average. Today, Internet penetration in Africa stands at 35.2% (as at December, 2017).
Compared to the global average of 58.4%, Africa is quite a ways behind as far as Internet penetration is concerned. But how fast (or slow) is the Internet in African countries? The Worldwide Broadband Speed League Report 2018 has all the numbers and we went through it to distill an Africa-focused list. Here are the top 5: