Average Internet Speeds By Country

This interactive global map shows average internet speeds by country. Hover over a country to reveal the average internet speed. Click on a link in the index to see top 10 fastest internet speeds by average, for specific global regions.

How is average internet speed for each country measured?

Speeds are measured in Megabits Per Second (Mbps) and map data is sourced from the Q4 2015 State of the Internet Report. Analysis from more than 200 trillion requests to the Akamai CDN platform, from 149 countries worldwide. Business and residential internet connection speeds included, from unique IPs. Mobile network speeds excluded.

IMPORTANT: Internet speeds in each country are AVERAGE speeds. NOT the fastest internet speeds available. For insight into countries with the 'best' or fastest internet speeds, data shows the % of internet speed tests above certain thresholds. The % of connections above 4Mbps, 10Mbps and 15Mbps for each country indicates which country has overall higher internet speeds, over a larger sample of tests. For example, as of 2015, 80.5% of internet connection speed tests averaged above 10Mbps in South Korea. Likewise for nearby average internet speeds in Japan. At that time, Japan's internet speed test data shows 62.8% of Japanese internet users connected to average speeds higher than 10Mbps. (In the USA at that time, only 52.9% of USA internet users tested above an average internet speed of 10Mbps).

Individual Internet Service Providers in each country, may provide slower or faster internet speeds in certain areas. Internet speeds received by end users are also based on other factors, like the type of internet connection available. An average is a good indication of where an individual country's internet speed performance is at, in our opinion.

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Median Internet Speeds - August 2020

Here is our 2020 update on the state of worldwide Internet speeds by country. Speed test data is collected by M-Lab and their Network Diagnostic Tool (NDT). M-Lab is the source we will be using moving forward, for all Internet speed data analysis and data. M-Lab measures median download and upload speeds for 192 countries, on a weekly basis. This Internet speed data is current as of week ending August 30th, 2020. Countries below are ranked by median download speeds, at the time of testing.

Notably, when comparing with previous results, there are less Asian countries ranking highly for median Internet speeds in 2020. (Hong Kong an exception, ranking 2nd for median Internet speeds overall). However, previous leaders such as South Korea, Japan and Taiwan have dropped off. (USA now ranks 13th worldwide, passing South Korea). Scandinavian countries feature prominently for high speed downloads and upload speeds, with four countries making the top 10; Denmark - #2, Sweden - #6, Iceland - #7, Finland - #8, Norway - #12. All with a good sample size of tests, except Iceland. Many newer, smaller and less populated countries also feature. It should be noted that sample test numbers in these countries are also lower.

Also, a new world leader in median download speeds - Liechtenstein! Do note this was measured over a smaller testing sample, compared to other countries in the top 10. However, the median download speeds in Liechtenstein of 199.28 Mbps, are nearly double that of second placed Hong Kong. However, upload speeds in Hong Kong are much faster, coming in at 91.4 Mbps.

Median Download Speeds Ranked By Country 2020

Rank Country Download Speed (Mbps) Upload Speed (Mbps) # Download Tests # Upload Tests No. IPs
1Liechtenstein199.2839.78969810
2Hong Kong112.3291.4047825589933
3Denmark107.7866.022149522217912
4Switzerland93.6041.4465614743501907
5Netherlands93.4827.5889478939709044
6Sweden91.3686.0420812238752071
7Iceland80.1924.3031443555
8Finland79.4018.39948710395526
9Andorra76.6756.2015917633
10Bermuda74.2119.2758963146
11San Marino61.899.76433
12Norway58.9549.7313841142982083
13United States54.9910.4519723352126398364898
14New Zealand52.8619.8521053215333518
15South Korea44.4241.9652155393413
16Belgium41.6812.4742931438106537
17Hungary39.8515.3535123439903
18Germany37.509.7814422914251956429
19Barbados34.9817.07352420110
20Saint Pierre and Miquelon34.404.4813101
21Luxembourg34.1210.4529830572
22Australia32.2610.69950739999730367
23Bahrain32.0517.64533463273
24Austria31.709.4319126180005139
25Japan31.2344.60834458220838954
26Taiwan30.5818.14999919865753
27Romania28.5525.6224182682989
28United Kingdom28.518.8729649431668065332
29Spain28.5025.92767578222929253
30Republic of Lithuania27.4716.99782721232
31Poland25.7710.06602264681608
32Bahamas25.076.86372363111
33Canada23.668.8214259714483730905
34Latvia23.2818.395191098185
35Saint Lucia21.445.55444637
36Greenland21.4385.61596210
37Ireland21.2710.4721742209907491
38Israel20.193.1342574636833
39Slovakia19.959.5524432574493
40Czechia19.046.6320694299052635
41Bulgaria18.8612.3915341479478
42Belize18.0812.95227248112
43Papua New Guinea17.611.57111111
44Portugal17.2710.4613317146266238
45New Caledonia17.0710.6011114639
46Estonia16.8322.75694754145
47Vietnam16.3919.21814487166118
48Serbia15.214.42615562303940
49Thailand14.9015.01141861635910329
50Qatar14.278.838481639759
51Italy14.176.26953669368534834
52Lesotho14.094.6214137
53U.S. Virgin Islands13.864.9015214243
54Cyprus12.924.9717791856541
55Antigua and Barbuda12.7022.13303315
56Trinidad and Tobago12.287.02500600267
57Slovenia12.218.98971977258
58France12.102.89465245269718786
59Ukraine11.2111.59507057833026
60Greece10.881.50733576522881
61Malaysia10.8210.96427949942617
62Brunei10.693.04216259178
63Croatia10.343.0617032015944
64Saint Vincent and the Grenadines9.354.35424924
65Cabo Verde9.031.36171916
66Republic of Moldova8.907.14508609338
67Malta8.549.58480485119
68Georgia8.107.16193230169
69Russia8.068.8318427221819176
70Uruguay8.056.9110021114852
71Costa Rica8.042.30381939911967
72Bosnia and Herzegovina8.031.509371219840
73Panama7.695.0722322706904
74Mexico7.551.9010297010488947864
75Grenada7.472.11828720
76Montenegro7.222.93309426278
77North Macedonia7.170.88235318242
78Solomon Islands7.093.61776
79United Arab Emirates6.766.01380860772716
80Albania6.272.22528856582
81Chile6.244.21353650752419
82Jamaica5.941.88733808450
83Dominica5.688.009129
84Turkey5.220.669915111507272
85Saudi Arabia5.132.958083109956021
86El Salvador4.931.27458544551970
87Sri Lanka4.912.13304465329
88Egypt4.890.73218382338018998
89Northern Mariana Islands4.882.53373318
90Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan4.861.2512911407997
91American Samoa4.852.00121611
92Brazil4.803.92265193282153159684
93Cameroon4.672.84128189104
94Bolivia4.603.71775482694084
95Myanmar4.405.2211961537987
96Belarus4.372.7013401628827
97St Kitts and Nevis4.361.21957322
98Liberia4.232.70183010
99India4.092.69414725399945227100
100Guatemala3.781.76888587662799
101South Africa3.702.27408793924016373
102Morocco3.640.52239322278316169
103Nicaragua3.640.93243124151101
104Tunisia3.580.71298829372076
105Ecuador3.573.98224872295311416
106Kuwait3.481.268681574526
107Colombia3.381.78384244039119828
108Iraq3.192.63780181605384
109Eswatini2.930.97839357
110Dominican Republic2.920.88510653183526
111Oman2.850.67187021731161
112Burkina Faso2.801.029511669
113Iran2.740.60677
114Peru2.681.9915016168298461
115Honduras2.642.17351036611789
116Palestine2.320.55881849635
117Palau2.280.50454
118Kyrgyzstan2.241.04138184139
119Uganda2.142.04572587311
120Kenya2.101.97919991103243
121Philippines2.052.3116600915852259370
122Cuba2.010.20222
123Laos1.991.93475743
124Mongolia1.981.82717642
125Vanuatu1.942.0541414
126French Polynesia1.920.48163168105
127Indonesia1.881.82910289353154667
128Zimbabwe1.850.61311372229
129Mozambique1.851.51270277171
130Tanzania1.751.74362383224
131Nepal1.733.3810160117975474
132Niger1.711.39424723
133Guyana1.710.81563632347
134Argentina1.700.78236902645110732
135Mauritius1.621.91127171122
136Haiti1.621.8611313881
137Paraguay1.561.9113701526772
138Seychelles1.520.77404114
139Kazakhstan1.521.37632945725
140Fiji1.500.67696925
141Uzbekistan1.490.62115816601172
142Armenia1.460.88111168122
143Algeria1.420.56500753223824
144Azerbaijan1.370.60135515991097
154Mali1.341.259312497
146Cambodia1.297.30473549384
147Angola1.271.16241279144
148Gabon1.230.98136173117
149Bhutan1.222.471095
150Marshall Islands1.196.2230338
151Senegal1.180.44397498360
152Nigeria1.161.56269329671409
153Ghana1.141.10638732447
154Togo1.090.82158194140
155Chad1.090.97222621
156Sierra Leone1.071.40675
157Suriname1.050.69220240130
158Mauritania1.020.30859064
159Equatorial Guinea1.011.1310119
160São Tomé and Príncipe0.981.27242518
161Zambia0.911.28869762
162Pakistan0.860.579795131959141
163Bangladesh0.862.6523702277398293
164Rwanda0.811.03784126
165Libya0.750.63592691452
166Djibouti0.750.26193021
167Lebanon0.740.92177825561305
168DR Congo0.730.51475855
169Venezuela0.710.4110773112555937
170Botswana0.660.96189219138
171Comoros0.650.26554
172Benin0.650.868410477
173Maldives0.550.81242310116
174Somalia0.520.48267355143
175Yemen0.460.15551597574
176Malawi0.410.71599
177Congo Republic0.391.88192114
178East Timor0.360.62789
179Afghanistan0.340.23597751
180Turkmenistan0.320.5911138
181Namibia0.300.38431313166
182Gambia0.290.54161515
183Ethiopia0.270.5513461605967
184Burundi0.230.219129
185Tajikistan0.230.82447145
186Guinea0.210.76303722
187China0.134.87705769198
188Ivory Coast0.130.19164217142
189Federated States of Micronesia0.070.62998
190Eritrea0.050.17132
191South Sudan0.040.39151
192Guinea-Bissau0.011.53111

Median Internet Speeds by Country 2020: Findings & Analysis

So, from these 2020 Internet speed results, what are some key findings? Generally, (excluding Hong Kong and the small island territory of Bermuda), Europe as a region has the fastest Internet speeds worldwide. This is lead by Scandinavian countries and Switzerland - #4 and the Netherlands - #5, all of which had fast download and upload speeds, across large testing samples. Many principalities and microstates perform highly for Internet speed; Liechtenstein - #1, Andorra - #9, San Marino - #11 but all had much lower testing samples at the time.

The USA ranks 13th for median download speeds. It is also the largest country by both population and size to perform well for download speed, over the largest testing samples. Upload speeds only measure 10.45 Mbps though.

Top 10 Worldwide Average Internet Speeds

Country Q4 2015 Avg. Mbps % Above 4 Mbps % Above 10 Mbps % Above 15 Mbps
Global Average5.6---
South Korea26.796.7%80.5%62.6%
Sweden19.193%59.5%42.4%
Norway18.889.8%61.8%44.7%
Japan17.491.1%62.8%40.3%
Netherlands17.095.7%64.5%38.8%
Hong Kong16.893.2%61.1%37.8%
Switzerland16.793.6%62.1%37.5%
Latvia16.792.5%54.1%37%
Finland16.691%57.4%34.4%
Denmark16.194.3%60.1%37.7%

Update: Top 10 Average Internet Speeds Comparison - Q3 2016

Country Q3 2016 Avg. Mbps YoY Change
Global Average6.32.3%
South Korea26.3-2.5%
Hong Kong20.13.4%
Norway20.0-0.2%
Sweden19.74.6%
Switzerland18.40.5%
Singapore18.25.3%
Japan18.05.1%
Finland17.60%
Netherlands17.32.1%
Latvia16.9-3.5%

As of Q3 2016, generally there has been increases to average internet speeds. The above table shows an overall comparison of internet speeds from 2015 to 2016.

  • Globally, average internet speeds increased from 5.6Mbps to 6.3Mbps by Q3 of 2016.
  • South Korea maintains #1 spot for average speed. (Despite a small decrease in average speed measured from Q4 of 2015).
  • Singapore jumps into the top 10, to 6th spot with 18.2Mbps. +45% average internet speed increase YoY.
  • Denmark the only country to drop outside the top 10 from 2015. Despite a 19% YoY increase, (replaced by Singapore).
  • All other countries in the top 10 from 2015, increased average internet speed in 2016.

Update: Top 10 Average Internet Speeds Comparison - Q1 2017

Country Q1 2017 Avg. Mbps YoY Change
Global Average7.215%
South Korea28.6-1.7%
Norway23.510%
Sweden22.59.2%
Hong Kong21.910%
Switzerland21.716%
Finland20.515%
Singapore20.324%
Japan20.211%
Denmark20.117%
United States18.722%

New speed data as of Q1 2017: Overall, worldwide average internet speeds increased again in Q1 of 2017. The above table compares YoY averages.

  • Worldwide average internet speed increased to 7.2Mbps in Q1 of 2017. Average speed has increased from 5.6Mbps in Q4 of 2015 to now, or +28.57%.
  • South Korea retains 1st place for fastest average internet speed in 2017. (Despite a YoY decrease of -1.7%). South Korea has maintained the fastest average internet speeds, since we began documenting data in Q4 of 2015.
  • Latvia and The Netherlands fell out of the top 10 in Q1 of 2017. (Replaced by Denmark and the USA).
  • USA entered the top 10 for the first time, recording a +22% increase to average internet speeds.
  • Denmark regained it's position in the top 10, after dropping out in Q3 of 2016. Average internet speed in Denmark increased +17% YoY.
  • Singapore recorded the largest increase to average speed with a +24% increase, to 20.3Mbps in Q1 of 2017.
  • 4 out of the top 10 countries for internet speed are in Asia (South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan).
  • Another 4 out of the top 10 countries for internet speed are in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark).

What is the average speed of internet?

The average speed of internet varies greatly from country to country. Higher averages can be observed in Asian and Scandinavian countries. Overall, average global internet speed is 5.6Mbps, as of Q4 in 2015.

In Q3 of 2016, the global average internet speed increased to 6.3Mbps, which represents a 2.3% improvement. (Average global speeds are according to Akamai data and reporting, collected from 200 different countries).

As of Q1 of 2017, the worldwide average internet speed was 7.2Mbps, according to Akamai data. Year on year, this represented a +15% increase.

What country has the fastest internet speed?

South Korea has the fastest internet speed based on Akamai data and other external speed testing. Average internet speed in South Korea was 21.1Mbps above the global average, in Q4 of 2015.

In Q1 of 2017:, South Korean internet speeds were again significantly faster than the rest of the world. This is despite a small YoY speed decrease of -1.7%. At this time, average South Korean internet speeds of 28.6Mbps, exceeded that of 2nd place Norway by a considerable 5.1Mbps.

  • An incredible 62.6% of internet connections in this country connect at speeds above 15Mbps.
  • 80.5% of connections have an average speed faster than 10Mbps (or almost double the global average internet speed).

South Korea was the first country to complete the upgrade from dial-up internet to broadband, doing so in 2005. South Korea is also home to the most internet users per capita and the heaviest data usage worldwide. According to PCMag, better government planning in South Korea has improved internet connection speeds across the country dramatically. Additionally, a competitive Korean ISP market has led to exceptional service levels for end users. In the city of Cheongju, average internet speeds to citizens of 124.5Mbps are standard. Further, 1Gbps internet plans are available in South Korea for just $20 USD.

Average download speed data from May 2018 (via M-Lab), shows Singapore had the fastest average download speeds of 60.39Mbps, followed by Sweden (46Mbps) then Denmark (43.99Mbps). Surprisingly, South Korea came in at 30th position for average download speeds at this time, with 20.63Mbps.

Where is the fastest internet in the world?

In terms of the fastest internet connection speeds, (that are not scientific tests and available for consumer or business use), South Korea is also a world leader. Other Asian countries also have some of the fastest internet in the world. Japan and Hong Kong residents on average, connected at internet speeds above 16Mbps in Q4 of 2015.

The other worldwide region which is leading the way in faster internet is Scandinavia. For a region with a much smaller population when compared to Asian, European and North American countries, Scandinavian countries have internet that connects at fast speeds and at scale.

Apart from the concentrated Scandinavian region, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Latvia provide some of the fastest internet in the world. These countries actually rank above Finland and Denmark for internet speed.

Q4 2015 Internet Speed Data:

  • Netherlands: Internet speed average of 17Mbps. (95.7% of connections > 4Mbps).
  • Switzerland: Average internet speed of 16.7Mbps.
  • Latvia: Average internet connection speed also 16.7Mbps.

Top 10 Average Internet Speeds: Asia Pacific Countries

Country Q4 2015 Avg. Mbps % Above 4 Mbps % Above 10 Mbps % Above 15 Mbps
South Korea26.796.7%80.5%62.6%
Japan17.491.1%62.8%40.3%
Hong Kong16.893.2%61.1%37.8%
Singapore13.990.8%59.3%32%
Taiwan12.990.3%44.5%24.4%
New Zealand9.387.4%25.5%10.8%
Thailand9.395.3%26.1%8.2%
Australia8.272.9%19.5%8.3%
Malaysia5.255.6%5.5%1.2%
Sri Lanka4.852.3%3.5%1.3%

Average Internet Speeds In America Increasing

Average internet speeds in the USA have increased by 12.69% QoQ, according to Akamai data. In Q3 of 2015, average connection speeds were 12.6Mbps. Whilst this is a positive for consumers, both peak and average internet speeds in the USA are well outside the global top 10.

Q3 2016 update: Average internet speeds in the USA were 16.3Mbps. Compared to Q4 of 2015, this represents a 14.78% increase.

Q1 2017 update: Average internet speeds in the USA increased to 18.7Mbps in 2017. This represented a +22% increase YoY, according to Akamai data. In Q1 of 2017, the USA enters top 10 average internet speed countries for the first time.

Increases to internet speeds in the USA can be attributed to 2 major developments;

1. Many ISPs across the USA have been aggressively updating infrastructure and improving network performance. This is to meet end user's insatiable demand for more bandwidth, as well as higher service expectations.

2. The availability of fiber internet services on a wider scale. New community based fiber service and providers such as Google Fiber have entered the market in certain areas. Affordable, higher speed fiber internet connectivity is now more prevalent.

How fast are internet speeds in the USA compared to the rest of the world?

To summarize, internet speeds in the USA are well above the global average of 5.6Mbps. Within the Americas region, the USA ranks #1. On a regional level, South, Central and North American countries provide slow internet speeds, when compared on a global scale. To see how internet service speeds perform on a US state vs state level, see our internet speeds by state map.

Top 10 Average Internet Speeds: American Countries

Country Q4 2015 Avg. Mbps % Above 4 Mbps % Above 10 Mbps % Above 15 Mbps
United States14.282.8%52.9%31.6%
Canada13.188.2%48.8%27%
Uruguay6.271.7%8.8%2%
Chile6.167.3%10.1%2.8%
Mexico5.967.9%8.2%2.2%
Argentina4.746.2%4.4%0.7%
Peru4.547.1%2.9%0.9%
Colombia4.550.6%2.2%0.5%
Ecuador4.441.8%3.3%0.8%
Brazil4.139%2.9%0.8%

Within the Americas region, the below countries experienced the largest increases to average internet speed when comparing 2016 with 2015;

  • Brazil: the largest increase to average internet speed YoY. Internet speeds of 5.5Mbps in Q3 of 2016 (+51%).
  • Panama: jumps into the top 10 for the Americas region. Averaging 5.2Mbps across 2016. (+48%).
  • Bolivia: Averaging 2.4Mbps in 2016. (+35%).

Top 10 Average Internet Speeds: European Countries

Country Q4 2015 Avg. Mbps % Above 4 Mbps % Above 10 Mbps % Above 15 Mbps
Sweden19.193%59.5%42.4%
Norway18.889.8%61.8%44.7%
Netherlands17.095.7%64.5%38.8%
Switzerland16.793.6%62.1%37.5%
Latvia16.792.5%54.1%37%
Finland16.691%57.4%34.4%
Denmark16.194.3%60.1%37.7%
Czech Republic15.988.4%51.2%30.5%
United Kingdom13.989%49.8%32.3%
Romania13.291.3%53.3%28.2%

Top 50 Average Download Speeds June 2017 - May 2018

Rank Country Average Download Speed (Mbps) Total Tests Time To Download HD Movie (5GB) 2017 Rank Position Change 2017 Average Download Speed (Mbps) 2017 Download Speed Change (Mbps)
1Singapore60.39524,01811 Mins, 18 Secs1=55.135.26
2Sweden46.00367,24114 Mins, 50 Secs2=40.165.84
3Denmark43.99150,52915 Mins, 31 Secs4 133.5410.45
4Norway40.1286,92017 Mins, 01 Secs7 329.1310.99
5Romania38.60175,94817 Mins, 41 Secs18 1321.3317.27
6Belgium36.71174,24918 Mins, 36 Secs8 227.379.34
7Netherlands35.951,247,69418 Mins, 59 Secs5 233.522.43
8Luxembourg35.1419,07119 Mins, 26 Secs33 2515.5219.62
9Hungary34.01352,74520 Mins, 04 Secs15 623.1610.85
10Jersey30.909,16522 Mins, 06 Secs14 423.307.60
11Switzerland29.92156,46322 Mins, 49 Secs10 126.932.99
12Japan28.942,563,87323 Mins, 35 Secs12=24.474.47
13Latvia28.6341,18623 Mins, 51 Secs6 730.36-1.73
14Taiwan28.09112,62824 Mins, 18 Secs3 1134.40-6.31
15Estonia27.9126,55224 Mins, 28 Secs13 224.113.80
16Spain27.193,993,70625 Mins, 06 Secs21 519.607.59
17Lithuania27.1747,01525 Mins, 08 Secs11 625.122.05
18Andorra27.141,08125 Mins, 09 Secs42 2412.0715.07
19Hong Kong26.4559,70125 Mins, 48 Secs9 1027.16-0.71
20United States25.8689,548,42526 Mins, 24 Secs21 120.005.86
21Slovakia25.30126,08426 Mins, 59 Secs23 218.856.45
22Madagascar24.874,17927 Mins, 27 Secs89 673.4921.38
23France24.231,050,87228 Mins, 10 Secs37 1413.4310.80
24Finland24.0069,85028 Mins, 26 Secs19 520.903.10
25Germany24.001,885,61728 Mins, 27 Secs24 118.805.20
26New Zealand23.77996,32228 Mins, 43 Secs30 416.856.92
27Czechia (Czech Republic)23.71304,15828 Mins, 47 Secs28 117.316.40
28Slovenia21.4140,53131 Mins, 53 Secs25 318.373.04
29Portugal21.28150,52832 Mins, 05 Secs17 1221.72-0.44
30South Korea20.63198,86733 Mins, 06 Secs16 1422.90-2.27
31Bulgaria20.2073,36533 Mins, 48 Secs27 417.542.66
32Poland19.73484,90834 Mins, 36 Secs35 314.884.85
33Canada19.488,398,43935 Mins, 03 Secs26 718.371.11
34Iceland18.8511,93036 Mins, 13 Secs47 1310.558.30
35United Kingdom18.5714,701,50536 Mins, 46 Secs31 416.512.06
36Ireland18.221,133,54837 Mins, 28 Secs36=13.924.30
37Liechtenstein17.7149838 Mins, 33 Secs44 711.406.31
38Austria17.51123,69839 Mins, 00 Secs34 415.262.25
39Barbados17.082,18239 Mins, 59 Secs65 266.6210.46
40Thailand17.061,678,48540 Mins, 01 Secs29 1116.850.21
41Macao16.123,42442 Mins, 22 Secs20 2120.52-4.40
42Croatia15.60104,93943 Mins, 46 Secs40 212.573.03
43Italy15.106,172,61245 Mins, 12 Secs46 310.714.39
44Gibraltar14.711,05946 Mins, 24 Secs38 613.181.53
45Moldova13.8827,71449 Mins, 11 Secs45=10.753.13
46Malta13.6012,04250 Mins, 13 Secs48 210.173.43
47Russia13.511,513,52150 Mins, 31 Secs43 411.591.92
48Malaysia13.30119,66851 Mins, 21 Secs63 156.696.61
49Aruba13.2782851 Mins, 27 Secs97 483.1210.15
50Serbia13.0086,27552 Mins, 31 Secs41 912.250.75

New data comparing average download speeds from June 2017 to May 2018:

Akamai now focuses their state of the Internet reports on online security threats and DDoS attacks. New data above, is from U.K based comparison site Cable.co.uk. Cable compiled download speed data from 163 million speed tests, in 200 countries. (Sourced over 12 months via M-Lab - a partnership between Google, Princeton, New America's Open Technology Institute and others).

Be aware new M-Lab data is download speed. Not average connection speed. (Download speed is typically faster than upload speed).

Below this text, we've included two tables. These compare data between the last Akamai Internet speed report in 2017 and the M-Lab download speed data. There are of course some notable differences, but also similarities between the data sets. We included a breakdown below. Again, it's important to remember M-Lab data is average download speed. Akamai compiled average connection speed.

What does analysis of our new top 50 internet download speeds show? Overwhelmingly, smaller and less populated European, Scandinavian and Asian countries are winning at providing higher internet download speeds.

Apart from the obvious difference of average download speeds (M-Lab) vs. average connection speed (Akamai), we've looked for trends between the two different data sets.

Similarities:

  • Strong representation and fast average internet and download speeds from Scandinavian countries across both data sources. (Sweden, Denmark, Norway all in top 5).
  • Singapore and Japan have consistently fast average internet speeds and download speeds, across both data sets.
  • Smaller European countries have good average internet and download speeds (Romania, Hungary, Belgium, Switzerland, Netherlands, Latvia).

Differences:

  • South Korea comes in at 30th place for download speed in the new top 50, via M-Lab data.
  • South Korea was a leader in average internet speeds from Akamai data, since Q4 of 2015.
  • Between 2017 - 2018, M-Lab data shows South Korea dropping 14 positions for average download speed.
  • Over 2017 - 2018, M-Lab data shows no change to the top 2 countries for average internet download speed. (Singapore 1st and Sweden 2nd).
  • Biggest year on year increases to average download speeds in the new top 50, are mostly in smaller countries or principalities.
  • Luxembourg, (population of approx. 600,000) moved up 25 positions to 8th. (Average download speed of 35.14Mbps. Speeds increased by 19.62Mbps year on year there).
  • In Romania, average download speeds increased by more than 17Mbps YOY (5th overall ranking. Average download speed of 38.6Mbps).
  • The principality of Andorra increased average download speeds by 15.07Mbps, year on year. (18th overall. Average speed of 27.14Mbps).
  • Top 10 fastest average internet download speeds (M-Lab data), dominated by smaller countries both in geographical size and population. The most populous country of Japan, comes in at 14th position, with average download speeds of 28.94Mbps.
  • USA drops to 20th according to M-Lab data, with an average download speed of 25.86Mbps.
  • Between 2017 - 2018 average download speeds in the USA increased by 5.86Mbps. This from the largest sample size of speed tests of any country in the top 50, (more than 89 million tests).
  • In Q1 of 2017, Akamai reported average internet speeds of 18.7Mbps for the USA, or 10th overall worldwide.

We will continue to monitor, update and compare year on year. Remember, new data measures average download speeds, not overall connection speed. Internet speed is very location dependent. Don't discount the importance of faster upload speeds today. Take your own speed test and contribute to open internet performance data here.

Per Akamai Technologies (Q1 2017)

Rank Country Average Connection Speed (Mbps)
1South Korea28.6
2Norway23.5
3Sweden22.5
4Hong Kong21.9
5Switzerland21.7
6Finland20.5
7Singapore20.3
8Japan20.2
9Denmark20.1
10United States18.7
11Netherlands17.4
12Romania17.0
13Czech Republic16.9
14United Kingdom16.9
15Taiwan16.9
16Latvia16.6
17Belgium16.3
18Canada16.2
19Thailand16.0
20Ireland15.6

Per Cable.co.uk and M-Lab (2017/18)

Rank Country Average Download Speed (Mbps)
1Singapore60.39
2Sweden46.00
3Denmark43.99
4Norway40.12
5Romania38.60
6Belgium36.71
7Netherlands35.95
8Luxembourg35.14
9Hungary34.01
10Jersey30.90
11Switzerland29.92
12Japan28.94
13Latvia28.63
14Taiwan28.09
15Estonia27.91
16Spain27.19
17Lithuania27.17
18Andorra27.14
19Hong Kong26.45
20United States25.86

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