Though South Africa has the fastest average mobile download speed in Africa of 22.42 Mbps in first quarter of 2018, the story is not that simple.
Download speed in the country’s fastest province, Free State, was 38.7% faster than that in the slowest, Northern Cape, while speeds in the country’s largest cities are relatively similar.
That is according to the newest Ookla Speedtest report, which analysed crowdsourced test results taken during the first-quarter of 2018.
The three South African provinces with the fastest average download speeds (Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng) are all in the center of the country, Oookla said.
“Of those, both KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng are densely populated while Free State is less so.”
The company added that the two slowest provinces, Northern Cape and North West, are both along South Africa’s northern border and are among the country’s least densely populated.
The third slowest province, Mpumalanga, is more centrally located with a border along Gauteng and the countries of Mozambique and the Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland).