Madagascar’s internet outpaces UK, France, and Canada

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Madagascar, marked as one of the world’s poorest nations, has the fastest broadband internet speed in Africa and has average speeds much faster than some of the world’s wealthiest nations, according to a broadband speed league table from UK analytics firm Cable, which collects data from 200 countries.

The country’s broadband speed is more than twice the global average, touting 24.9 megabits per second.

The African island nation has the fastest internet speed on the continent, placing it 22nd in the world, out-pacing Canada, France, and the UK.

Based on the Cable report analysis, the broadband speed in Madagascar is due to the 10,000km-long East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy), an undersea fiber-optic cable that extends from Sudan to South Africa.

In 2014, the country’s largest internet provider Telecom Malagasy signed an agreement with the international operating division of Hong Kong Telecom to make this happen.

Contrariwise, Madagascar’s high-speed internet scarcely serves its population. According to the broadband report, 13% of its 25 million population has access to electricity and only 2.1% of the population has access to the internet. There are only 2.75 IP addresses per 1,000 people compared to a global average of 558 per person.

The report reveals how internet connectivity is not always stable in Madagascar. In February 2017, the EASSy cable failed. Complete cable repairs took much longer than expected, a total of 15 days. In the meantime, clients were compromised and it caused significant disruption to the economy.

Madagascar is not the only country that is connected to the East African Submarine Cable System.

The fiber optic cable is to be linked to countries running from South Africa to Sudan.