WITH an average speed of 322kbps, and a peak rate of 5,674kbps, Nigeria has been ranked as the country with the fastest Internet speed in Africa.
According to latest Internet publication by Akamai Technologies Global Internet Platform, Nigeria has surpassed South Africa in terms of speed.
The body explained 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.
The report stressed that all mobile providers have average peak connection speed of over two 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.
Furthermore, the report noted that in 2011, South Africa was one of only two countries listed in the report with an average peak connection speed of below two mbps. It explained that South Africa had average 442kbps over Nigeria’s 286kbps. It said Nigeria has now surpassed South Africa with peak 4871kbps and average 462mbps per month.
The report also stated that Internet speed across the globe improved, adding that all 117 countries that qualified for inclusion measured an increase in average connection speeds.
According to it, the gain in average speed however was not uniform, as Montenegro grew by 0.2 per cent to 2.8 mbps, while Libya measured a 75 per cent increase for a speed of 0.5 mbps.
However, despite the new ranking, huge amount of bandwidth capacities still lies fallow at the Nigerian shore.
The minister of Communications Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson said in Abuja recently that over 7.78 terabytes of Internet capacity was lying untapped at the shores of the country, even as Internet penetration in the country remained abysmally low.
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Johnson said unless the capacity was connected to the hinterlands through last-mile connectivity, it would remain a challenge for the country in getting the capacity inland and that Internet penetration in the country would also remain a challenge.
The minister said number of Internet users in the country was about 52 million, while Internet subscription was about 3.6 per cent, while she put penetration is 33 per cent.