Affordable smartphones and mobile data plans are factors that drive growth in internet users. In Mali, it’s been reported that the number of internet users increased by almost 6 times since January 2017, while it’s up by 20 percent on the continent – within the same time period.
While mobile data connections are getting faster all over the world, the fastest average mobile download speed in Africa was 22.42 Mbps in Q1 of 2018, with a doubled increase recorded in the number of internet users in Benin, Sierra Leone, Niger, and Mozambique over the past year – according to data from Speedtest Intelligence.
With (Mbps)-7.88 download speeds and upload speeds of (Mbps)-4.27, Ghana, ranked 118th globally and 12th in Africa, has 36.6 million mobile subscriptions. In 2016, Ghana’s mobile internet subscriber penetration was 14% and for Africa 28% penetration, with 7.96 million internet users with an internet penetration rate of 18%. According to Jumia, smartphone adoption will rise up to 720 million smartphones by 2020. The Jumia report further revealed that there are 10.11million active internet users in Ghana meaning nearly one-third of the country’s population have access to the internet. A report by global digital agencies, We Are Social and Hootsuite shows that Ghana has 5.6 million active social media users, 19.53 million mobile users and 4.90 active social media users – an increase of 22% (one million) on the January 2017 figure.
From the list based on results from the previous Month (May), here’s a compilation of African countries with the fastest internet speeds:
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Globally ranked 71st, Tunisia, with download speeds of (Mbps)-19.21 a (Mbps)-7.99 Upload Speed, takes the first spot in Africa. Since 2011, the country’s startup scene has largely expanded thanks to faster, freer Internet access and advances in technology. In May 2018, there was a launch of Carte Technologique Internationale, a prepaid bank card system. The bank card allows startup entrepreneurs to make payments in foreign currency through foreign sites.
Download Speed (Mbps)-18.52
Upload Speed (Mbps)-9.08
Morocco, in the 2017 Africa Capacity Report, scored the highest index values in science, technology, and innovation. The report examined the status of science technology and innovation, scientific and technological initiatives, challenges, and capacity gaps for African countries. The number of Moroccan internet subscribers in 2007 amounted to 526,080, representing an increase of 31.6% compared to the previous year and a 100% increase compared to 2005. 3G services were introduced in Morocco in 2006. In March 2015, the Agence Nationale de Réglementation des Telecommunications (ANRT) in Morocco announced the launch of 4G. The ANRT allocated 4G licenses to three of their telecommunications operators. The North African country is ranked 72nd globally and second in Africa.
Download Speed (Mbps)-15.89
Upload Speed (Mbps)-7.67
Rounding off the top three is another North African country, Egypt, ranked 3rd in Africa and 85th globally. Although in 2016, the country recorded a decline in mobile phone sales, Egypt saw an increase in 2017 which reached 48%. Smartphone users in Egypt are expected to reach almost 28 million by 2019. Mobile phone subscriptions in Egypt recorded 110% in January of 2017, with 98.2 million users according to the Ministry of Communication, with 26.16 million mobile internet subscriptions registered by the same month.
The other countries that made the list and their statistics are as follows:
Download Speed (Mbps)-15.39 Upload Speed (Mbps)-7.82
5. Côte d’Ivoire
Download speed (Mbps)-14.71 Upload Speed (Mbps)-8.46
Download Speed (Mbps)-13.24 Upload Speed (Mbps)-5.84
Download Speed (Mbps)-10.82 Upload Speed (Mbps)-8.19
Download Speed (Mbps)-10.04 Upload Speed (Mbps)-4.23
Download Speed(Mbps)-9.13 Upload Speed (Mbps)-4.94
Download Speed (Mbps)-8.55 Upload Speed (Mbps)-3.96
Download Speed (Mbps)-8.25 Upload Speed (Mbps)-4.19
Download speed (Mbps)-7.53 Upload speed (Mbps)-4.86
Download speed (Mbps)-4.31 Upload speed (Mbps)-1.25
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