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Rwanda Ranks first In Africa with high Broadband Speed

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Rwanda has displaced Ghana to become the country with the fastest broadband Internet speed in the continent, according to latest statistics from Ookla’s NetIndex.

Focusing on millions of recent test results from Speedtest.net, the NetIndex compares and ranks consumer download speeds around the globe.

Ghana which ranked on top with the fastest broadband speed in Africa in March 2012 has now dropped to the 4th position in the ranking with broadband download speeds of up to 4.42 Mbps, down from 5.14 Mbps about six months ago.

From the latest broadband speed results, Rwanda currently has download speeds of up to 7.28 Mbps from 3.28 Mbps six months ago, ranking it 65th in the world. The country is followed by Libya with 5.12 Mbps and Ethiopia with 4.82 Mbps.

Other African countries with the fastest broadband speeds include Kenya with 4.34 Mbps, currently ranked 5th in Africa, dropping from 2nd position six months ago; Morocco with 3.51 Mbps, ranked 8th in Africa; and South Africa with 3.31 Mbps, ranked 10th in Africa and 118th in the world.

The table below shows a list of the top 10 African countries with the fastest broadband speeds as at October 2012.

According to the the report, Hong Kong ranks number one in the world with 42.08 Mbps, followed by Japan with 37.13 Mbps and Lithuania in third position with 36.81 Mbps.

Nigeria ranks 13th in Africa and 138th in the world with broadband download speeds of 2.73 Mbps and remains the second West African country with the fastest broadband speed after Ghana.

Ookla is the global leader in broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications. Based on millions of recent test results from Speedtest.net, the NetIndex compares and ranks consumer download speeds around the globe.

Top 10 Countries in Africa

Africa Rank Country     Broadband Speeds       Global Rank

1      Rwanda     7.28Mbps   65

2      Libya         5.12Mbps   82

3      Ethiopia     4.82Mbps   85

4      Ghana       4.42Mbps   93

5      Kenya        4.34Mbps   95

6      Uganda      3.73Mbps   108

7      Angola       3.54Mpbs   112

8      Morocco     3.51Mbps   113

9      Namibia     3.38Mbps   117

10     South Africa 3.31Mbps 118

Credit: Techloy. Data Source: Ookla

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