Uganda Among African Countries With Internet Speeds Good Enough To Sustain Streaming of Video Services

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Uganda Among African Countries With Internet Speeds Good Enough To Sustain Streaming of Video Services


Streaming services in Africa have been held back by the triple whammy of high data prices, unreliable connections and slow speeds. A new World Broadband Speed League provide new data to fuel the debate about which countries in Africa have the speed to make streaming services a reality. Russell Southwood picks over the data to get some answers.

The World Broadband Speed League is a ranking put together from research carried out by New America’s Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research and Princeton University’s Planet Lab.

Across a large number of countries globally, it measured overall speeds and the time it would take to download a 7.5 GB movie. The tests focused on fixed broadband connections, something Africa does not yet have in any large quantity.

However, when they are tested, they should – all other things network being equal – perform better than their mobile equivalents. Anyone who has used African 4G networks knows that the issue is not that high speeds cannot be achieved but that there is no consistency in the connection speeds. Quality of the connection – with dropped connections – remains a major issue.

  1. Singapore 55.13
  2. USA 20
  3. Kenya 8.83
  4. Seychelles 5.84
  5. Morocco 4.38
  6. South Africa 4.36
  7. Tunisia 3.5
  8. Madagascar 3.49
  9. Nigeria 3.15
  10. Zimbabwe 2.49
  11. Zambia 2.45
  12. Ghana 2.3
  13. Liberia 2.12
  14. Uganda 2.12
  15. Rwanda 2.11
  16. Cape Verde 2
  17. Namibia 1.81
  18. Mauritania 1.54
  19. Mauritius 1.53
  20. Tanzania 1.49
  21. Mozambique 1.45
  22. Ethiopia 1.34
  23. Djibouti 1.25
  24. Togo 1.24
  25. Cote d’Ivoire 1.22
  26. Egypt 1.22
  27. Senegal 1.17
  28. Algeria 1.11
  29. Sudan 1.1
  30. Botswana 1.07
  31. Angola 1.05
  32. Cameroon 0.97
  33. Malawi 0.92
  34. Libya 0.89
  35. Guinea 0.84
  36. Mali 0.84
  37. Benin 0.73
  38. Congo-B 0.72
  39. Somalia 0.62
  40. DRC 0.55
  41. Burkina Faso 0.49
  42. Gabon 0.41

 

By Kellen Katusiime

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