Akamai has released its first quarterly State of the Internet report for 2016, which, amongst other things, sets out which countries enjoy the fastest mobile connections. The company collected data from smartphones, tablets, computers and other devices that are mobile connected.
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74 countries around the world were included in determining which had the fastest mobile connections. To qualify, a country had to show that it had a minimum of 25 000 unique IP addresses.
Fastest Mobile Connections
The United Kingdom leads the race with the fastest mobile connections, clocking average speeds of 29.9 Mbps. Belgium comes in at second with average mobile connection speeds of 19.4 Mbps (70% of the United Kingdom’s speeds). Algeria has the slowest average mobile connection speeds of 2.2 Mbps, followed closely by New Caledonia which has average speeds of 2.3 Mbps. Iran, which came in last place with speeds of 1.8 Mbps in the previous quarter, has made massive improvements and now has average speeds of 4.7 Mbps.
The company found that on average mobile connection speeds had increased from the previous quarter. These were the fastest mobile connections within the individual continental regions:
|Continental Region||Country||Average Mobile Connection Speeds|
|Africa||Kenya||5. 9 Mbps|
|Asia Pacific||South Korea||13.0 Mbps|
|Europe||United Kingdom||29.9 Mbps|
|North America||Canada and Puerto Rico||8.8 Mbps|
|South America||Paraguay||6.1 Mbps|
Here are the fastest mobile connections across Africa:
|Country||Average Mobile Speeds||Peak Mobile Speeds|
|Kenya||5.9 Mbps||20.4 Mbps|
|South Africa||4.8 Mbps||28.8 Mbps|
|Angola||4.7 Mbps||86.8 Mbps|
|Tunisia||4.0 Mbps||33.7 Mbps|
|Morocco||3.9 Mbps||27.3 Mbps|
|Egypt||3.7 Mbps||19.3 Mbps|
|Namibia||3.0 Mbps||32.9 Mbps|
|Ghana||2.6 Mbps||11.7 Mbps|
|Algeria||2.2 Mbps||29.5 Mbps|
Akamai partnered with Ericsson, to show that mobile data usage continues to grow on a global basis:
In terms of popular browsers, this is what the company found:
The report is very comprehensive and covers more than the fastest mobile connections, which you can read in full HERE.