Kenya’s internet has been ranked the fastest and one of the most affordable in Africa by the latest Akamai’s State of the Internet Connectivity Report.
Akamai, a leading Content Delivery Network services provider revealed that out of the 108 countries sampled globally, Kenya ranks 23 making it the top ranked African country.
“In most African countries, (the) internet is expensive and speeds are generally slow,” said the report which attributed favorable costs in Kenya to competition. It also said that the fast and reliable internet in the country has positively impacted the economy with the improvement of e-commerce and online activities.
The report further said Kenya overtook third-quarter leader Israel to gain the top spot for average connection speeds among the surveyed Middle Eastern and African countries.
“Kenya’s speed ranks higher than Israel at 14.4Mbps, Qatar 11.9Mbps, South Africa recorded 6.6 Mbps, Morocco 5.2 Mbps, and Nigeria 4.1 Mbps.”
Kenya also had the highest adoption growth of 15 Mbps range at 5,159%, though this is the first time Kenya is being included in this metric.
Twelve of the thirteen Middle Eastern and African countries posted quarterly gains in the fourth quarter, with only Egypt declining. Nigeria had the largest increase at 39 percent, while Qatar had the smallest at 9.4 percent.
“With 61% of its IPv4 addresses connecting to Akamai at speeds of 10 Mbps or higher, Kenya took the top spot for 10 Mbps broadband adoption among qualifying MEA countries, overtaking third-quarter leader Israel. Kenya and Israel were the only two countries in the region with adoption rates above 50% in the fourth quarter.”
Kenya’s Internet Growth
The improvement of Kenya’s internet speed and its affordability is attributed to the successful implementation of the National Broadband Strategy (NBS).
The strategy was adopted to help transform Kenya to a knowledge-based society driven by a high capacity nationwide broadband network made available to all citizens.
Information Cabinet Secretary Joseph Mucheru said:
“The strategy has enabled the government to roll out the National Optic Fibre Broadband Infrastructure that has linked all the counties to the Internet by fibre cable. Fibre cable ground installation and provision of 4G network coverage has contributed to the high speeds and efficiency in connectivity.”
The top ranked countries with high speed internet connectivity are:
- South Korea: 26.1Mbps
- Norway: 23.6Mbps
- Sweden: 22.817.3Mbps
- Hong Kong: 21.9Mbps
- Switzerland: 21.23Mbps
- Denmark: 20.7Mbps
- Finland 20.6Mbps
- Singapore: 20.2Mbps
- Japan: 19.6Mbps
- Netherlands: 17.6Mbps