Africa Still Has Lowest Internet Speeds In The World

By Staff Published: August 20, 2017, 8:16 am
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It would take more than a day to download a high definition movie of 7.5 gigabytes (GB) in countries with the slowest internet speeds in the world. It turns out most of those countries are in Africa, data from a global broadband speed league shows.

The speed gaps between various countries remains very wide as the five fastest countries have download speeds which are around 40 times faster than the five slowest. Singapore ranks as the highest on the broadband speed league with 55.13 megabits per second (Mbps) while with war-torn Yemen props up the list with meager average speed of just 0.34 Mbps.

From Quartz. Story by Yomi Kazeem.

The global speed league was compiled by using data collected over the course of a year until last May following a research partnership between several partners including New America’s Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research and Princeton University’s PlanetLab.

In general, African countries do not fare well as none of the 39 ranked African countries achieved average speeds above 10Mbps—deemed to be the minimum speed required by consumers “to fully participate in a digital society” by UK’s telecoms regular, Ofcom. Globally, of the 189 countries ranked, 139 countries have failed to achieve that target. Of the lowest ranked 10 countries, six are African.

Read more at  Quartz.

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