Highlights

Here is a quick look at some of the highlights unearthed in the study

  • Singapore

    #1. Singapore

    A vibrant digital economy and diminutive landmass offer Singapore significant advantages when it comes to infrastructural development and FTTP (pure fibre) availability.

  • Sweden

    #2. Sweden

    Sweden’s decision to focus on FTTP (pure fibre) means around 60% of Swedish homes and businesses now have access to speeds of up to 1Gbps (1,000Mbps).

  • Denmark

    #3. Denmark

    FTTP (pure fibre) connections are available to more than half of Danish homes and businesses, providing extremely fast speeds and excellent future-proofing.

  • Norway

    #4. Norway

    The emerging narrative here: countries with a focus on FTTP are pulling far ahead. Norway is no exception, with FTTP available to over 40% of its population.



Regions

  • Africa

    With its vast landmass and little in the way of a digital economy when taken as a continental whole, Africa is a long way behind the rest of the world when it comes to broadband provision, relying primarily on wireless (WiMAX, 3G, 4G) connectivity rather than cables to cover its vast spaces.

    Madagascar is the fastest African nation, clocking in at an average speed of 24.87Mbps, placing it 22nd globally. This is thanks to the underwater EASSy cable that supplies the island’s urban centres with respectable fibre broadband speeds. Most other African nations aren’t so lucky, with 7 out of the 38 included nations having to get by on average speeds of less than 1Mbps.

  • Arab States

    All but two of the countries included in the Arab States region are in the bottom 100 results, while Yemen also has the honour of being the country with the lowest speed globally with an average speed of just 0.31Mbps – 0.04Mbps slower than last year’s measurement. In Yemen it would take 36hrs 52mins and 20secs to download a 5GB movie.

    None of the countries in the Arab States region offer average speeds significantly above 5Mbps. Only Bahrain comes in above that threshold at 5.05Mbps, with UAE and Jordan following closely behind.

  • Asia and Pacific

    This region is a mixed bag, offering some of the fastest countries in the world – Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and New Zealand – and at the same time some of the slowest: Vanuatu, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and East Timor.

    This should come as no great surprise. The region is vast and comprises 41 countries measured in this study. Singapore is number one in the world with an average speed of 60.39Mbps, with Japan not far behind in 12th place globally and with an average speed of 28.94Mbps, and Taiwan coming third in the region and 14th in the world with an average speed of 28.09Mbps.


  • Europe

    Europe has the world’s highest concentration of countries with fast or very fast broadband. One glance at the map shows that almost all of Europe enjoys broadband speeds that are, in most cases, leading the rest of the world.

    We measured 53 countries in the European region and all but one of them (Armenia) fall within the top 100 fastest. In fact, Europe makes up a staggering 36 of the top 50 fastest countries. Sweden is Europe’s fastest country, offering an average speed of 46.00Mbps. Armenia is Europe’s slowest, with an average speed just 3.94Mbps.

  • North America

    This is a small category in terms of number of countries, with only three included: United States, Canada and Bermuda. However, these three cover a vast landmass. America also offers us by far the largest sample – a whopping 89 million speed tests from 15 million distinct IPs.

    The United States has the fastest broadband in the North American region – no surprises there – with an average speed of 25.86Mbps. Bermuda is the slowest with an average speed of 19.48Mbps.

  • South/Latin America

    Generally the South/Latin America region is at the slower end of the regional scale. Barbados is this region’s fastest country, with an average speed of 17.08Mbps, with Venezuela at the bottom of the regional table with average speeds of just 1.24Mbps.

    Generally the countries in this region occupy the centre portion of the global league, with no South/Latin America country in the 20 fastest or 20 slowest.



Resources

Downloadable versions of the data set (.xls), the original press release and the research methodology (.pdf)

  • League table

    The full league table can be downloaded here and includes a comparison to last year's results.

  • Press release

    If you wish to see the original press release for this research, you can download it here as a PDF.

  • Methodology

    Our research methodology and notes on how to interpret speed data can be downloaded here as a PDF.



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