Kenya’s Internet Speed Rivals That Of America


Kenya’s internet speed is actually faster than that of the United States! Don’t worry, you are not alone, we were a little surprised too. Apparently, the African country has the 14th-fastest mobile internet speed in the WORLD!

This is according to a report by the content delivery network Akamai, which collects data from more 130 countries. Kenya’s average data connection speed in the first quarter of 2017 was 13.7 megabits per second which is practically twice as fast as the global average.

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Kenya ranks above fellow Sub-Saharan African countries in terms of average fixed line internet connection speeds. Part of all this impressive internet growth began in 2013 when Kenya launched its “National Broadband Strategy” to extend fiber optic cables across the country, encourage more local content online, and install ICT centers at universities. According to the Communications Authority of Kenya, broadband penetration now covers as much as 30% of the country,

The United States of America was ranked 28th with an average speed of 10.7 megabits per second. Not only is Kenya’s internet speed impressive, the internet penetration in the country is also one of the highest in Africa. Close to 88% of Kenya’s population access the internet through their phones.

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That means that out of an estimated 48,466,928 million people, 31,985,048 Kenyans have access to the internet. With that, Kenya contributes 9.5% of the continent’s total internet usage. This high internet penetration is helped in part by cheaper data plans and the ubiquitous use of mobile money platforms like Mpesa.

Consequently, Kenya’s high mobile penetration and internet speed have also created an enabling environment for gambling. The country is home to the third-largest gambling market in Africa.

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Digital Skills Observatory (a research group funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and run by Mozilla), showed earlier this year that smartphone usage in Kenya seems to increase the amount of time people spend gambling.

Check out the list of the world’s top countries with the highest average mobile internet speed;

COUNTRY AVERAGE INTERNET SPEED (Mbs)
1. United Kingdom 26
2. Germany 24.1
3. Finland 21.6
4. France 17.4
5. Norway 17.3
6. Denmark 16.6
7. Belgium 16.2
8. Romania 15.9
9. Australia 15.7
10. Japan 15.6
11. Netherlands 15
12 Slovakia 14
13. Spain 13.8
14. Kenya 13.7
15. Austria 13.5
16. Ireland 13.2
17. Sweden 13.2
18. New Zealand 13
19. Taiwan 13
20. Indonesia 12.8

Check out the average internet speed of top countries in the Middle East and Africa;

COUNTRY AVERAGE INTERNET SPEED (Mbs)
1. Qatar 13.7
2. Israel 13.7
3. Kenya 12.2
4. United Arab Emirates 8.6
5. Kuwait 7.9
6. Turkey 7.6
7. South Africa 6.7
8. Saudi Arabia 6.7
9. Morocco 5.2
10. Iran 4.7
11. Nigeria 3.9
12. Namibia 2.9
13. Egypt 2