Nigeria leads in Africa Internet speed
According to the latest State of the Internet report by Akamai Technologies Global Internet Platform, Nigeria has overtaken South Africa in terms of Internet speed – less than eleven years after reforming its communications networks and market. According to a report, Nigeria has overtaken South Africa in terms of internet speed (image: stock.xchng) In the report it is revealed that Nigeria has an average connection speed of 322kbps with a peak rate of 5674kbps. But while South Africa’s average speed is faster at 496kbps, the country’s peak speed is only half that of Nigeria, at 2172kbps. ”All mobile providers had average peak connection speeds above 2 mbps, though last place South African provider, ZA-1 was just above the threshold, losing over 13 per cent from the prior quarter, at 2.2 mbps,”
the report stated.
The percentage of individuals using the Internet continues to grow worldwide and as at the end of 2011, 2.3 billion people were online, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has said. According to the ITU’s latest data, World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Database, as at June 2012, the number of Internet users in developing countries, doubled between 2007 and 2011, but said only a quarter of inhabitants in the developing world was online at the end of last year. ”The percentage of individuals using the Internet in the developed world reached the 70% landmark by end 2011,” the ITU said, indicating that more than 90% of the population in Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden are online. The data adds that by the end of 2011, 70% of the total households in developed countries had Internet, whereas only 20% of households in developing countries had Internet access. Total international Internet bandwidth increased seven-fold over the last five years reaching 76’000 Gigabit per second by end 2011, the report stated. “This equates to 34’000 bit/s per internet user worldwide,” it said. The UN agency observed that there are major differences in internet bandwidth per Internet user persisting between regions. On average, a user in Europe enjoys 25 times as much international Internet capacity as a user in Africa, the Union indicated.
By Ekow Quandzie
A recently-published Broadband Forum report revealed that the global number of broadband subscribers has risen by more than 20%, with over 600-million subscribers in the first quarter of 2012 now connected to broadband Internet. That is a growth of over 100 million new lines added in the last 18 months.The global number of broadband subscribers has risen by more than 20% (image: stock.xchng)”This is another significant milestone in an exciting arena that shows no sign of slowing down. It is just 18 months since we celebrated the 500 million subscriber watershed and even less time since IPTV subscribers reached 50 million – yet in both cases growth is still accelerating,” said Broadband Forum’s CEO Robin Mersh.