Mobile internet speeds up the Arab countries, but fixed broadband lags behind

The internet speed chart in August – Lebanon. (Image via Oakla)

 

Lebanon, Egypt, and Oman all made gains for mobile internet speeds in August 2018, according to Ookla’s Global Index, which ranks mobile and fixed broadband speeds around the world.

Yet, it is interesting that many of the Arab countries have improved mobile internet speed, but they rank lower in fixed broadband as Lebanon, Egypt and Algeria are towards the bottom of the list.

Mobile network ranking

Lebanon had jumped 8 rankings from 35th to 27th place in August, with the mobile internet speed increasing from 31.23 Mbps in July 2018 to 34.72 Mbps in August 2018. Oman advanced 8 rankings to take 42nd place, going from 26.8 Mbps to 29.43 Mbps. Egypt in turn, now ranked 77, moved up 7 rankings for improving its mobile internet speed from 16.26 Mbps in July to 17.47 Mbps in August.

Other Arab countries that have taken steps forward in the mobile internet speed this month are Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan and Bahrain. Qatar and UAE also have the 2nd and 3rd fastest speeds worldwide.(See the table below)

Rank
(worldwide)
Rank
(Arab countries)
Variance Country Download
(Mbps)
2 1 -1 Qatar 63
3 2 United Arab Emirates 56.05
27 3 8 Lebanon 34.72
38 4 3 Kuwait 30.11
42 5 8 Oman 29.43
50 6 3 Saudi Arabia 26.28
72 7 1 Tunisia 18.84
76 8 -1 Morocco 18.04
77 9 7 Egypt 17.47
82 10 1 Bahrain 16.84
94 11 2 Jordan 14.51
95 12 -14 Syria 14.3
105 13 -3 Sudan 11.77
115 14 -1 Iraq Mbps 7.77
117 15 2 Algeria 7.55
122 16 Libya 5.28

 

Fixed broadband

Qatar and UAE lead the August table for fixed broadband in the Arab Region, but they registered a lower ranking globally, as shown in the table below. Similarly, Lebanon made strides in mobile speed, but has a low ranking for fixed broadband, coming in the 126th place. Moreover, Egypt and Algeria rank last in the world in fixed broadband speed.

Iraq is the country that recorded the largest decline in the ranking (-8 places) between July (15.17 Mbps) and August (13.24 Mbps). The internet disruptions and shutdowns during official exams in Iraq could be one reason.

The progress in fixed broadband speed were few and far between as Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Morocco were the only countries in the region to move higher in the rankings.

 

Rank
(worldwide)
Rank
(Arab countries)
Variance Country Download
(Mbps)
51 1 -1 Qatar 32.79
55 2 -2 United Arab Emirates 30.81
58 3 1 Saudi Arabia 24.92
63 4 4 Jordan 23.76
75 5 Kuwait 20.35
78 6 2 Oman 18.47
86 7 Bahrain 17
97 8 1 Morocco 12.91
101 9 -8 Iraq 12.56
115 10 -6 Libya 8.12
118 11 -1 Syria 7.74
121 12 -2 Tunisia 7.37
126 13 -2 Lebanon 6.06
127 14 -2 Egypt 5.76
129 15 -1 Algeria 3.52
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