Kigali — Rwanda's internet speed is the fastest on the continent according to the latest statistics from Ookla's NetIndex.
Ookla is the global leader in broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications. Based on millions of recent test results from Speedtest.net, the NetIndex compares and ranks consumer download speeds around the globe.
The latest broadband speed according to Ookla's NetIndex results show that Rwanda currently has download speeds of up to 7.28 Mbps from 3.28 Mbps six months ago making it 75th the world.
Rwanda is followed by Libya with 5.12 Mbps and Ethiopia with 4.82 Mbps.
Other African countries with the fastest broadband speeds include Kenya with 4.34 Mbps, currently ranked 5th in Africa, dropping from 2nd position six months ago; Morocco with 3.51 Mbps, ranked 8th in Africa; and South Africa with 3.31 Mbps, ranked 10th in Africa and 118th in the world.
The country currently relies on three submarine fibre optic cable systems for Internet connection such as the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSY) and The East African Marine Systems.
The Rwanda Government is currently working towards making broadband affordable by reducing the cost from US$700 Mbps to US$ 125 Mbps during peak hours and US$60 off peak.