Did you know Kenya has 2nd fastest internet in Africa? Ruth Kang'ong'oi
Ghana, Kenya, Angola and Rwanda have been ranked in that order as the countries in Africa with the highest internet Speed. This is according to the latest global internet speed report, Ookla NetIndex which was released on Monday.
Ookla is known for being a key player in broadband testing and web based network diagnostic applications globally. Ookla solutions have been adopted by nearly every Internet Service Provider in the world, and have been translated into over 30 languages for use by thousands of small businesses, federal and state governments, universities and major organizations such as AT&T, BBC, Cisco, Comcast, FCC, Reuters, Time Warner, Verizon, Vodafone and Vonage.
According to the report, Lithuania ranks first in the world with 31.67 Mbps followed by South Korea 30.59 Mbps and Latvia in third position with 27.42 Mbps. They measure speed and quality in manner that goes way beyond what most speed test and other web-based applications do.
In the report, Ookla’s 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.
The ranking is made by measurements on millions of test results from speedtest.net which is free broadband connection analysis software and is based on the rolling mean through put in Mbps over the past 30 days where the mean distance between the client and the server is less than 300 miles.
Ghana’s average broadband speed is 5.36 Mbps and the country is 69th on the world ranking, Kenya 76th with 4.84 Mbps, Angola 81th with 4.53 Mbps and Rwanda 103rd position in the world with an average speed of 3.03 Megabits per second (Mbps). Users can test their Internet speed against hundreds of geographically dispersed servers around the world.
According to the Ookla Blog, Last year, Speedtest.net, introduced a code to conquer an issue they had with some software security clients. “They can intercept traffic coming into the web browser during the test which causes erroneously high speeds on occasion. This is because the security software would download content, inspect it and then hand it over to our application at very high speeds. The only security client we know of that does this out of the box with no changes is Kaspersky.”
Google added Net Index to their Public Data Explorer Directory early last year. This gives you the ability to easily compare countries (as well as some regions). The three countries that use Speedtest.net the most are the United States, the United Kingdom and the Russian Federation.