Top African Countries With the Fastest Internet Speed ( 2021 List)

Africa is home to over 1.3 billion people. It is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent, after Asia in both cases. Dial-up days are long gone, but slow internet speed is still an issue here. Although countries like Madagascar and South Africa and a few others still made it to the top 100 countries with the fastest internet in the world, generally speaking, Africa still remains behind when it comes to internet speed.

Some improvements may be on the horizon though, with more African countries likely to experience significantly faster internet speeds with the world’s largest technology companies investing in underwater cable infrastructure in a bid to corner swathes of the market as more Africans get online. Facebook and Google are leading the charge with a planned undersea cable by Google expected to have 20 times the capacity of the most recent projects laid in the continent.

With that said, let’s explore the top 10 African countries with the fastest internet speed.

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1. Madagascar

Country     Average Download Speed (Mbps) Total Tests Time To Download HD Movie (5GB)
Madagascar                                             24.87                 4,179                                    27 Mins, 27 Secs

Madagascar is in the top spot of having the fastest internet speed in Africa with almost 14 MBPS difference to the second placer, which is South Africa.

Currently, Madagascar sits at 33rd place in the global ranking. It looks like Madagascar is keeping its place in the African continent for the next few years. It’s also interesting to note that Madagascar is one of the poorest countries on this continent.

Madagascar’s fast internet speeds represent a paradox as it is one of Africa’s poorest countries with around three out of every four citizens living on less than $1.90 a day as of 2017. But the speeds are largely down to East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy), a 10,000 kilometer-long undersea fiber optic cable which stretches from Sudan to South Africa and serves Madagascar’s urban centers. The fast speeds have also fostered Madagascar’s emergence as a global digital outsourcing outpost, especially for Francophone clients. With nearly 250 business processing and outsourcing companies, the sector now employs over 10,000 people.