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Broadband speeds continue to increase in South Africa, but we are still well behind international standards

The Q3 2011 Akamai State of the Internet report shows that South Africa’s average Internet connection speed continues to increase.

This good news is however spoilt by the fact that South Africa is lagging well behind global broadband standards.

According to the Akamai report, which is based on data gathered from the Akamai Internet Platform, the global average connection speed continued to increase in the third quarter of 2011, climbing 4.5% to 2.7Mbps.

South Korea maintained the highest average connection speed, at 16.7Mbps, followed by Hong Kong (10.5Mbps) and Japan (8.9Mbps).

South Africa’s average Internet connection speed, in comparison, is 1.6Mbps – well below global standards.

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