According To The Latest Akamai Report Kenya Has The Fastest Internet Speeds In Afrika (But There's A Catch)

The latest Akamai State Of The Internet Q1 2017 report ranks Kenya as having the highest Internet speeds in Afrika. The report also reveals that Kenya's mobile Internet speeds are faster than those in some first world countries such as the USA.

There is a catch though.

Akamai State Of The Internet Q1 2017
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Firstly, as Akamai state in the report, the rankings are based on average Internet speeds. More importantly, they are based on average Internet speeds "from across the Akamai Intelligent Platform during the first quarter of 2017,".

Akamai's Intelligent Platform is a solution the company offers to clients who want a cloud-based platform for distributing and accelerating web content, enterprise applications and video, essentially a Content Delivery Network (CDN). Akamai say their Intelligent Platform serves clients in over a hundred countries with more than two trillion Internet interactions every day served.

Thus, despite the latest report being based solely on data from Akamai's platform for its clients, the sample is quite large although we don't know the sample sizes per country.

Kenya is ranked first in Afrika with the fasted average Internet connection speeds at 12,2 Mbps.

Average Connection Speed by MEA Country
Average Connection Speed (IPv4) by MEA (Middle East & Africa) Country | Akamai State Of The Internet Q1 2017 Report

South Africa is ranked second in Afrika by Akamai with average Internet connection speeds of 6,7 Mbps and Morocco third with 5,2 Mbps.

More interesting as well is that Akamai share the "Average Peak Connection Speed" data which still puts Kenya in first place on the continent with peak connection speed at 38,5 Mbps, South Africa second at 32,4 Mbps and Nigeria third with 29,1 Mbps.

Average Peak Connection Speed IPv4 by MEA Country
Average Peak Connection Speed (IPv4) by MEA (Middle East & Africa) Country | Akamai State Of The Internet Q1 2017 Report

This chart is what peaked my interest because earlier in 2017 iAfrikan, on three different days and occassions, consistently tested and recorded peak Internet connection speeds of over 100 Mbps in Diepsloot. Which brings it back to a point made earlier, it's all about the sample size, but equally as important is which organizations are hosting their content on Akamai's Intelligent Platform as that likely determines which users are accessing the content, which in turn will determine the connection speeds.

With all that said, the Akamai State Of The Internet Q1 2017 is a good indicator of Internet connection speeds in Afrika.

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