A recent research study by Akamai Technology titled “State of the Internet” has concluded South Africa’s average Internet connection speed is increasing.
A Q&A between HumanIPO and David Belson, Akamai’s Product Line Director, on January 9 revealed that in Akamai’s Q2 report for 2012 Internet speeds in South Africa were slowing, but in their Q3 report, which was officially released yesterday (January 23), it revealed the speed had increased.
The speed in the country increased by 2.1 megabytes per second (32 percent). The report is based on data collected from the Akamai Intelligent Platform.
Among other Internet related facets the platform delivers information on key global statistics, which include attack traffic, connection speeds as well as network connectivity and availability.
The report said more than 680 million Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) addresses from 243 countries or regions connected to Akamai’s platform in the third quarter of 2012. The average Internet speed worldwide saw a decrease of approximately seven percent (2.8 megabytes per second) between the second and third quarters of last year.
South Korea was reported to have 14.7 megabytes per second, which is the highest average Internet connection. 10.7 megabytes per second put Japan in second place, with Hong Kong following with 8.9.
The average Internet connection speed on a global scale has experienced an 11 percent growth year-on-year despite the minimal quarterly decline.