Kenya has second fastest broadband speeds in Africa

Even with the internet outages experienced in the recent past weeks due to cable cuts along the Indian Ocean coastline and inland, Kenya has still been ranked as having the second fastest broadband speeds in the continent.

According to latest statistics from US-based Ookla’s NetIndex, Kenya is second in the continent, after Ghana which has emerged as having the fastest broadband internet speeds in Africa.

The report was released by Ookla, a global leader in broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications, which bases its statistics on millions of recent test results from, while the NetIndex compares and ranks consumer download speeds around the globe.

From the ranking results, Ghana currently has download speeds of up to 5.14 Mbps, ranking it 73rd in the world; followed closely by Kenya with 4.94 Mbps; then Angola with 4.53 Mbps; Rwanda with 3.28 Mbps and Zimbabwe with 2.98 Mbps.

Other African countries with the fastest broadband speed include South Africa with 2.98 Mbps, ranked 6th in Africa and 105th in the world; Libya with 2.94 Mbps, ranked 7th in Africa; Morocco with 2.77 Mbps, ranked 8th; Nigeria with 2.30 Mbps, ranked 9th in Africa and 129th in the world; and Tunisia ranked 10th with 2.12 Mbps.

Globally, the report notes that Lithuania ranks number one with 31.67 Mbps, followed by South Korea with 30.59 Mbps and Latvia in third position with 27.42 Mbps.

On how it measures its results, Ookla notes that: “We measure speed and quality in manner that goes way beyond what most speed test and other web-based applications do. Unfortunately the few tests out there that are not Ookla powered lead to significant confusion about the meaning of your results.”

“For example, our download speed results tend to report higher than others for one very simple reason: We use a sophisticated method to completely “fill the pipe” while others do a mere basic replication of what speeds you might see if you download a large file from a web site,” states Oakla via its website, adding that ” This inferior method fails to take into account that even a single computer can and usually is performing multiple downloads of one type or another simultaneously, not to mention that many connections have more than one computer or device utilizing the bandwidth available.”


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