Africa’s highest mobile internet speed is lower than the global average

That’s according to the Speedtest Global Index 2022 published by US internet speed analytics company Ookla. South Africa, the continent’s internet speed leader, with an average mobile internet download speed of 68.9 megabits per second (Mbps), is well below the global average mobile download speed of 77.7 Mbps . Ookla also compared mobile internet performance in the second quarter of 2022 on modern chipsets from 21 mobile network operators, with results showing median download speeds were as low as 2.89 Mbps in Guinea and as high as 65 .95 Mbps in South Africa. “We can clearly see the impact of 5G on overall performance as South African operators have come out on top with the rollout of 5G networks. MTN South Africa was well ahead of the rest of the operators, despite offload challenges, with a median download speed of 65.95 Mbps, followed by Vodacom South Africa with a median download speed of 48.70 Mbps . If we take 5G out of the equation, Safaricom Kenya was the fastest carrier among the carriers analyzed,” Sylwia Kechiche, Senior Industry Analyst, Enterprise at Ookla, said in the report. South Africa ranks 46th globally, and in Africa it is followed by Togo, Mauritius, Morocco and Botswana in download speeds.


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