Speedtest now has a monthly ranking of global internet speeds

Speedtest has long been the go-to for measuring internet speed, and now it’s launched the Speedtest Global Index, a monthly global ranking that allows you to see how your country stacks up when it comes to internet speed.

The Global Index compiles data from the billions of tests consumers run on the service, and shows both mobile and fixed broadband speeds from around the world. Set to be updated monthly, each country’s ranking shows both its average download speed, as well as any difference in rank from the previous month. Click through on an individual country, and view both its average download and upload speed.

Speedtest’s blog seems to indicate that charts tracking performance will also appear on individual country pages as monthly reports continue to publish, allowing people to “uncover trends and detect potential storylines.”

This is certainly not the only internet speed ranking, but it is fun to see how countries move up and down the charts. Cyprus, for example, moved up a whopping 21 positions in mobile ranking from last month’s data to number 35, while France moved down five positions in the same chart to number 37. If you’re wondering how the US fares... we’re down at number 46 for mobile under Montenegro, Sweden, and Hungary, and at number nine for broadband. (Hey, not bad!) Only three countries appear in the top 10 for both categories: Singapore, South Korea, and Iceland.


Kind of have to wonder how much of a selection bias is in this data.

Your average person isn’t likely to use a speed test and the kind of person who would use a speed test is probably more likely to select faster plans. Well at least on the fixed broadband side.

But that’s the case in every country, so the order would be similar regardless of who’s testing the connection.

At least for the US these numbers doesn’t match at all with the actual average internet speeds.There’s a huge influence of bias here due to people with fast internet using the service and people with poor not.

Venezuela, a "socialist" country rich in oil!, my country… 3.2Mbps ranked in last position with the biggest ISP entirely owned by the government.

Gotta love that competition improving the status quo. Here we are in the US complaining about our Netflix streams possibly being lowered in quality.

always happy to see Singapore up there <3

speedtest.net won’t be the go-to for long. now, when you type "speedtest" or "speed test" in google search, it returns a built-in google tool.

Apparently Google’s version is contracted out by "M-Labs". It doesn’t seem to work properly because I only got a 0.74Mbps down speed result on a 6Mbps connection…something clearly isn’t right.

I use Fast.com. Holds true to its name. Also works on mobile without an app unlike Speedtest.

Let’s not forget what EVERY writer of these types of articles forgets to mention: the sheer SIZE of the U.S. contrasted to the size of the fastest nations.

So? Most of the US populace is based in (planned) cities, not that far from the coastline. Just 14% lived in Rural areas in 2015 according to the USDA.

my work is in highland park of los angeles, and timewarner doesn’t even provide cable to our building. Highest we get is 3Mbps dsl speed even for being in a large city… they’ll add it, they just want us to pay $30,000 to run the cable to our building. Moral, even being in a large city in usa doesn’t mean good speeds.

I’m curious to know the high and lows that contribute to these speeds. Canada is ranked pretty low but at home I have 175Mb up and down with fibre.

Speedtest ranks the US 9th in wired broadband with speeds of 70.75 Mbps down and 27.64 up. This matches Akamai’s assessment for Q1 2017 of the US in 10th place in average connection speed and 16th in average peak at 86.5 Mbps.

It’s funny that the article only mentions mobile, and even there omits the fact that US mobile broadband average exceeds the FCC’s broadband benchmark on upload side – 8.3 Mbps – and comes close on the download side, 23 Mbps.

Very odd cherry picking by the writer. And I’m not at all bothered by Singapore, Korea, and Iceland beating the US in raw speed because of population size and density.

Aha, I see the story has been silently edited to include the US 9th place ranking in wired. Good work, Verge. Now revise the subhed.

I tried internet speed test, resulting in 2Mbps, as this is high or low.

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