South Africa lags behind in broadband velocity, with an average speed ranking of 76 in the world.
A new Cable.co.uk report shows that average broadband download speed across SA is 6.38 Mbps, a rate at which it takes about an hour and 47 minutes to download a typical 5Gb high-definition movie in the country.
Let’s take a look at broadband speeds around the world, and in South Africa:
Broadband speeds around the world
The worldwide report for 2018 is based on over 163 million speed tests in 200 countries.
South Africa rose up four places compared to the 80th rank it occupied the previous year…
The average speed in South Africa is roughly a tenth of that in Singapore, which tops the global league table, where it takes an average of 11 minutes and 8 seconds to download a typical 5Gb high-definition movie.
SA also falls well short of the average speeds obtained in European countries including Germany (24Mbps), Sweden (46Mbps) and the Netherlands (35.95Mbps).
Broadband speeds in South Africa
Outside Europe, the US (25.86Mbps), Japan (28.94Mbps) and New Zealand (23.77Mbps) are far ahead as well.
Compared to African countries, however, South Africa only comes third behind Madagascar (24.87Mbps) and Kenya (10.11Mbps), with Cape Verde (3.24Mbps) and Ghana (2.88Mbps) completing the top five for the continent.
But a 12 year established company is redefining the South African broadband space: BitCo.
In the space of 12 years, it has grown to become one of SA’s most efficient national telecom service providers, providing exceptional business connectivity and telecoms service delivery.
BitCo uses a unique strategy of investment in Fibre Optic and Wireless Last Mile Network, spanning across the country.
BitCo’s network infrastructure currently delivers Fibre internet access speeds of up to 1 Gigabyte per second (Gbps), with the capacity to grow speed capabilities in the near future.
Not just that…
Its business Fibre connectivity service is synchronous, uncontended and uncapped.
Synchronous: Meaning you transmit and receive at the same speed i.e. equal upload and download speed.
Uncontended: Meaning that you get a fixed connection speed at all times regardless of how many other users share the pipe.
Uncapped: Meaning there is an unlimited amount of data you can use without a monthly ‘threshold’ value.