Qatar leads rest of MEA in internet speeds

Akamai’s Q1 2017 State of the Internet report shows positive growth in internet connection speed YoY

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Qatar leads rest of MEA in internet speeds The Internet can today support levels of traffic that even just a few years ago would have been unimaginable, notes Belson.
By  David Ndichu Published  June 4, 2017

Qatar has the highest average internet connection speeds in the region, new research shows.

According to the Q1 2017 State of the Internet Report by Akamai Technologies, the global cloud delivery platform, Qatar averaged connection speeds of 13.7 Mbps in the first quarter.

Qatar again led the MEA region with the highest average peak connection speed at 107.9 Mbps in the first quarter, surpassing the 100 Mbps threshold for the first time, a 21% year-on-year increase.

UAE was at third spot, posting an 81.1 Mbps average peak connection speed, a 34% year-on-year increase.

Saudi Arabia lagged in 8th place in MEA region, with average connection speed and average peak connection speed of 6.7 Mbps and 52.3Mbps respectively.

Six of the surveyed MEA countries posted average peak speeds of at least 50 Mbps in the first quarter of 2017 (up from four in the third quarter of 2016, the last time this metric was published in the State of the Internet Report), and 10 had speeds of at least 25 Mbps (up from eight in the third quarter of 2016).

The State of the Internet Report is based on data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform. The report provides insight into key global statistics such as connection speeds, broadband adoption metrics, notable Internet disruptions, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation.

“Increases in connection speeds and broadband penetration have helped enable the Internet to support levels of traffic that even just a few years ago would have been unimaginable,” said David Belson, editor of the State of the Internet Report. “One need only look to January’s U.S. Presidential Inauguration, which broke traffic records for live coverage of a single news event delivered by Akamai largely thanks to the combination of more viewers watching at increasingly higher levels of video quality.”

IPv4 and IPv6

In the first quarter of 2017, more than 814 million unique IPv4 addresses connected to the Akamai Intelligent Platform, which is a 0.7% increase as compared to the first quarter of 2016. Belgium remained the clear global leader in IPv6 adoption with 38% of its connections to Akamai occurring over IPv6 (down 19% from the previous quarter).

Mobile

In the MEA region, Kenya had the highest average mobile connection speeds at 13.7 Mbps followed by Qatar at 13.6 Mbps. The United Arab Emirates posted an average mobile connection speeds at 10 Mbps.

Among the qualifying surveyed countries/regions, 32 in total had an average mobile connection speed at or exceeding 10 Mbps (up from 30 in the previous quarter), while 60 achieved average speeds at or above 4 Mbps (up from 58).

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