June 07, 2010

International Internet Bandwidth in Africa

Following on from the post on international internet bandwidth, we decided to take a closer look at the African continent.
The map reveals some significant differences in international bandwidth on the continent. Morocco and the Seychelles have by far the most available kilobits per person (805 and 517 respectively). Egypt, Sudan and many of the nations on the Atlantic coast of Africa have a relatively high number of available kilobits per person (although all are still extremely low by international standards). East Africa and much of the interior have especially low levels of available bandwidth (although this may soon change with the arrival of new fibre-optic cables last summer).


  1. The (relatively) high rate in Sudan is striking, given the overall state of the country. Any idea of what is going on there? (Or is it just Khartoum having an exceptional high bandwidth-that is for African standards?)

  2. Sudan does have relatively high Internet penetration and has the fifth largest online population on the continent (according to http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats1.htm). However, I also find the relatively high rate surprising. Perhaps other readers have any thoughts on this?