CAIRO: Egyptians pay more money for slower internet than the global average, according to data from Ookla’s NetIndex. While global average download and upload rates are 20mbps and 8.6mbps respectively, data recorded between July 23 and August 21 shows Egypt clocking in at only 2.7mbps for download and 0.8 mbps for upload.
Egypt ranks in the top 10 countries with the slowest upload rates and the 17th slowest for download, giving Egypt an overall ranking of 176 out of 192 countries, Youm7 reported Friday. Comparatively, Palestine ranks 152 and Namibia 85.
Hong Kong has the highest average, with a download rate of 91.22mbps and upload of 84.77, followed by Singapore at 74.64 and 59.39 respectively.
The global average cost of internet per mbps is USD 5.58 (Approx. EGP 40). Egypt averages USD 16.83 (EGP 120), ranking 62 out of 64 countries listed. Bulgaria pays the least per mbps, averaging USD 0.48 (EGP 3.5), followed closely by Romania at $0.59 (EGP 4).
As for mobile internet, Egypt ranks 84 of 112 countries, with average download speeds of 3.3 mbps and 0.8 mbps for upload, according to NetIndex data.
A group called Internet Revolution has tried to push forward developing internet service and speed and decreasing internet bills over the last year. They announced stopping their activity on July 17, however, saying people were unwilling to participate effectively in an event on August 7 to grant a mandate to the group to take necessary legal action against internet companies and the National Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, according to the group’s Facebook page.
Ookla is a corporation that tests broadband internet web-based network applications. NetIndex is the company’s “aggregated look at network performance” with an aim to “facilitate the improvement of international broadband and mobile services,” according to the company’s website.