Kenya has the fastest internet in Africa, and one of the cheapest: Study

April 5, 2017 (4 weeks ago)
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The improvement to Kenya’s connection speeds and broadband adoption rates is attributed to the successful implementation of the National Broadband Strategy/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 5 – Kenya’s internet has been ranked the fastest in Africa and one of the most affordable according to the latest report by Akamai’s State of the Internet Connectivity Report.

Out of the 108 countries sampled globally, Kenya has been ranked 23rd with speeds of 15Mbps.

“In most African countries internet is expensive and  speeds are generally slow,” with the report attributing favorable costs to competition in the internet market.

South Korea has the highest average connection speed globally at 26.1 megabytes per second (Mbps).

According to the report, Kenya overtook third-quarter leader Israel to gain the top spot for average connection speeds among the surveyed Middle East and Africa countries in the fourth quarter.

“Kenya’s speed ranks higher than Israel at 14.4Mbps, Qatar 11.9Mbps, South Africa recorded 6.6 mbps, Morocco 5.2 mbps, and Nigeria 4.1 mbps,” the report said.

Kenya also had the highest adoption growth of 15 Mbps range at 5,159%, though this is the first time Kenya is being included in this metric.

“So their yearly percentage change calculations may overstate the magnitude of their actual gains.” states the report.

Twelve of the thirteen MEA countries posted quarterly gains in the fourth quarter, with Egypt seeing the only decline. Nigeria had the largest increase at 39 percent, while Qatar had the smallest at 9.4 percent.

“With 61% of its IPv4 addresses connecting to Akamai at speeds of 10 Mbps or higher, Kenya took the top spot for 10 Mbps broadband adoption among qualifying MEA countries, overtaking third-quarter leader Israel. Kenya and Israel were the only two countries in the region with adoption rates above 50% in the fourth quarter.”

Top ten ranked countries with high speed internet connectivity globally;

  1. South Korea: 26.1Mbps
  2. Norway: 23.6Mbps
  3. Sweden: 22.817.3Mbps
  4. Hong Kong: 21.9Mbps
  5. Switzerland: 21.23Mbps
  6. Denmark: 20.7Mbps
  7. Finland 20.6Mbps
  8. Singapore: 20.2Mbps
  9. Japan: 19.6Mbps
  10. Netherlands: 17.6Mbps
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