Madagascar is a huge island nation off the southeast coast of Africa, with a population of 26 million people, not to be confused with the Dreamworks Film of the same title. The nation hardly makes the news for anything positive but with a broadband speed, league table recently released by UK analytics firm Cable, which collects data from 200 countries, Madagascar now has the fastest internet on the continent at 24.9 megabits per second, placing it at 22nd in the world, out-pacing Canada, France, and the UK.
The new broadband speed by Madagascar is due to the 10,000km-long East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy), which is an undersea fiber-optic cable that stretches from Sudan to South Africa. Madagascar’s largest internet provider Telecom Malagasy signed an agreement with the international operating division of Hong Kong Telecom to make this happen.
Madagascar is not the only country that is connected to the East African Submarine Cable System. The fiber optic cable is to be linked to countries running from South Africa to Sudan.
It’s ironic Madagascar has the fastest internet speed when only 13% of its 25 million population has access to electricity and only 2.1% of the population has access to the internet.
Madagascar has an extreme poverty rate where almost 80% of the population live on less than $1.90 per day. Data shows that one in two Malagasy children is stunted because of malnutrition. Its gross national income per capita dropped to $400 last year and compares with a Sub Saharan Africa average of $1454, Quartz Reports.