Where does SA fit in global broadband speeds?

15 February 2019


South Africa has the fastest average download speed when compared to nine African peers but is middle of the pack in terms of cost.

This is according to new research released by UK-based price comparison Web site Compare the Market, which looks at the cost and speed of broadband around the world.

The study revealed the average monthly cost, average download and upload speeds, and the time it takes to download one hour of Netflix in 54 countries around the globe. However, Compare the Market did not have a single African country on the original list, but did provide stats on 10 African countries, including South Africa, when asked by ITWeb.

The global index found Singapore had the fastest average download speed of 185.25Mbps and the fastest upload speed as well of 192.08Mbps.

In comparison, SA's average download speed is 18.31Mbps. This is, however, the fastest out of the African countries listed, with the next fastest being Kenya at 14.42Mbps and then Mauritius at 14.12Mbps. The slowest average downloads were found in Tunisia with 7.69Mbps, Egypt with 6.74Mbps and Algeria, where the speed is just 3.75Mbps.

Generally speaking, download speeds in African countries were far behind the rest of the world. For example, even at 18.31Mbps, South Africa was behind the global average of 25.08Mbps, while Algeria was around seven times slower than the average. Read the full article on ITWeb here.