The internet has become part and parcel of our lives and it will be very difficult for people in this current day and age to live with slow internet and worst of all no internet.Since data has gradually overtaken voice it is sad to experience internet outages and fluctuations in Ghana on weekly basis.
Cable has compiled new data which they extracted from 63 million broadband speeds around the world and it has some interesting insights, Ghana placed 5th in Africa and 120th in the world.
Topping the world’s list with a mean download speed of 60.39 mbps is Singapore and it is unchanged from the previous year. Scandinavian countries rounded up the top four (Sweden, Denmark and Norway in that order) with 46, 44 and 40 mbps respectively.
The most interesting statistic is Madagascar where it is ranked 22nd in the world and is first in Africa. The country registered a mean speed of 24.87 mbps and is ahead of countries like France, Finland and Germany which is shocking.
Kenya is second in Africa with a mean of 10.11 mbps , which is significantly behind Madagascar’s mean speed but still a solid result for 2nd place. They checked 6,581 distinct IPs for tis test and there were 31,083 tests obtained to get this total. It is estimated to take 1 hour 7 minutes and 30 seconds to download a 5GB movie in Kenya as per the statistics while compared to Madagascar, that seems like a lot of time since it only takes 27 minutes and 27 seconds to download the same file.
Rounding up the top 5 in Africa include South Africa with 6.38 mbps, Cape Verde with 3.24 mbps and Ghana with 2.88 mbps and It is estimated to take 3 hour 56 minutes and 51 seconds to download a 5GB movie .
ISP’s in Ghana should sit up and start providing better internet service to customers as the internet has taken over lots of the workload from offline to online and with the unplanned internet blackouts from ISP’s with no back up alot of businesses lose huge revenue. It will take a while before we break into the top 3 in Africa if the various ISPs do not sit up.
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