Kenya and South Africa have now accommodated the global Research Consortium Measurement Lab (M-Lab) which adds Africa to the consortium’s internet performance data.
M-Lab is an open, distributed server platform provided to researchers to organize Internet measurement tools for the evaluation of factors such as network speed, traffic shaping, throttling and application.
Google Africa declares that for the first time, data is now being collected on African networks in South Africa and Kenya via local servers. It provides new and valuable source of information about the health and performance of the Internet in Africa.
The data collected by the internet measurement tools is released in the public sphere. As of now, M-Lab makes more than 700 terabytes of raw, rich measurement data available to all interested parties.
The aim of M-Lab is to advance network research and empower the public with useful information about their broadband and mobile connections.