Which country in Africa has the fastest internet speed? Hint: the country did not feature at the top five years ago. At the time, from the report in 2012, it was shown that Ghana had the fastest internet speed. The testing authority was Ookla, they tested over 30 000 unique IPs from major cities such as Accra. The 2012 report stated that Ghana had an average speed of 6.13 Mbps, Kenya was in second place at 4.49 Mbps, South Africa in sixth place at 2.98 Mbps and Nigeria in eighth place at 2.3Mbps. Morocco, Angola, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Libya all listed in the top ten.

How is average internet speed for each country measured?

Internet speeds are measured in Mbps and sourced from the latest Akamai State of the Internet report. The data includes analysis from over 200 trillion requests to the Akamai CDN platform, from over 200 countries. Business and residential internet connection speeds are included. It’s important to note that speeds represented are averages. Individual service providers may achieve much slower or faster internet speeds in certain areas and based on certain factors, including the type of internet connection available. Taking an average is a good indication of where an individual country’s internet speed performance is at.

Who is the winner for Africa in 2017?

Kenya takes the cup this year,  even ranking higher that UAE and Turkey! Not only is Kenya’s internet is faster, it is also ranked as cheaper compared to many countries around the world as reported by Akamai. The fast and reliable internet in Kenya has significantly influenced the improvement of e-commerce, generating enormous social, and economic benefits for the country. In most African countries internet is expensive, and speeds are generally slow. In Kenya several internet providers such as Safaricom, Airtel and Orange have upgraded their speeds to the benefit of their customers, and such upgrades have had a positive impact on the economy. The results for average internet speed in Middle East/Africa are listed below:

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Where does the rise in internet connectivity in Kenya come from?

Kenya’s National broadband strategy

The 67% year-on-year improvement of Kenya’s connection speeds and broadband adoption rates is attributed to the successful implementation of the National Broadband Strategy (NBS). The vision of this broadband strategy has been to see the transformation of the country to a knowledge-based society driven by a high capacity nationwide broadband network. The overall objective of this strategy is to provide quality broadband services to all citizens.

“The strategy has enabled the government to roll out the National Optic Fibre Broadband Infrastructure that has linked all the counties to the Internet by fibre cable. Fibre cable ground installation and provision of 4G network coverage has contributed to the high speeds and efficiency in connectivity,” Joseph Mucheru, the Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information said.

In Africa, it is estimated over 90% of users access internet from a mobile device.
How does Kenya rate in terms of mobile connection speed?
Kenya still ranks top in Africa and higher than all other Middle East countries too. For mobile connectivity, Kenya ranks higher than the United States!
From the Akamai report for Q1 2017:

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We all know, it’s money that talks… it the next article, we look at which African country has the most affordable internet. Who do you think would rank as the African country with the most affordable internet connection?


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