Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The fastest ISPs for Netflix in South Africa

Netflix has revealed its ISP Speed Index for September, with Cool Ideas claiming top spot.

South Africa's ISPs achieved an overall average speed of 2.49Mbps, improving the country's rank from 52 to 50 out of 59 countries.

Since first appearing on the speed index in July, South Africa's rank has improved each month.

The index is a measure of prime-time Netflix performance on particular ISPs, and not a measure of overall performance on the networks.

Netflix said it calculates the average bitrate of Netflix content, in Mbps, streamed by its members per ISP.

"We measure the speed via all available end-user devices. For a small number of devices, we cannot calculate the exact bitrates, and streaming via cellular networks is exempted from our measurements."

Netflix recommends a 5Mbps connection for full HD streaming, which may explain why the average speeds are all below the 5Mbps mark.

The top 10 ISPs for prime-time streaming are listed below.

SA ISP Leaderboard – September 2017
RankISPSpeedPrevious SpeedChange
1Cool Ideas3.8 Mbps3.68 Mbps
2Vodacom3.19 Mbps3.11 Mbps
3Vox3.19 Mbps3.08 Mbps
4MTN3.18 Mbps3.05 Mbps
5Cell C3.08 Mbps2.82 Mbps
6Telkom2.44 Mbps2.33 Mbps+1
7Afrihost2.44 Mbps2.35 Mbps-1
8Cybersmart2.41 Mbps2.28 Mbps
9MWEB2.11 Mbps2.07 Mbps
10Neotel1.65 Mbps1.63 Mbps

Now read: Netflix not hiking prices in South Africa

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