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.

For more recent average internet speed updates, jump to the latest internet speed by country data:

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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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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