Highlights

Here is a quick look at the fastest countries or territories in the world according to the study

  • Taiwan

    #1. Taiwan

    Taiwan comprises a mixture of broadband technologies, and broadband growth in terms of subscriber numbers has stalled. Speed increases are driven by mass migration from ADSL to fibre.

  • Singapore

    #2. Singapore

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

  • Jersey

    #3. Jersey

    Jersey is the first jurisdiction in the world to make pure fibre (FTTP) available to every broadband user. Jersey's shift from tenth to third shows that uptake has been healthy.

  • Sweden

    #4. 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).



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 22.57Mbps, placing it 33rd 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 six out of the 40 included nations having to get by on average speeds of less than 1Mbps.

  • Arab States

    All but seven of the 21 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 0.38Mbps. In Yemen it would take 30hrs, 01min and 40secs to download a 5GB movie.

    Only the UAE, with its download speed of 9.62Mbps, offers an average speed significantly above 6Mbps, and no countries at all in the region reach 10Mbps or greater – the speed UK regulator Ofcom considers the minimum required to cope with typical household needs.

  • Asia and Pacific

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

    This should come as no great surprise. The region is vast and comprises 40 countries measured in the study this year. Taiwan is number one in the world with an average speed of 85.02Mbps, with last year's champion Singapore not far behind in second place globally, with an average speed of 70.86Mbps, and Taiwan coming third in the region and sixth in the world with an average speed of 42.77Mbps.


  • 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 54 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 37 of the top 50 fastest countries. Jersey is Europe’s fastest jurisdiction, offering an average speed of 67.46Mbps. Armenia is Europe’s slowest, with an average speed just 4.85Mbps – though this is still an improvement on last year.

  • North America

    This is a small category in terms of number of countries, with only four included: United States, Canada, Greenland and Bermuda. However, these cover a vast landmass. America also offers us by far the largest sample – a whopping 132.5 million speed tests from 25.6 million distinct IPs.

    The United States has the fastest broadband in the North American region – no surprises there – with an average speed of 32.89Mbps. Greenland is the slowest with an average speed of 6.51Mbps.

  • South/Latin America

    Countries in the South/Latin America region fail to get a single entrant into the top 50 fastest countries. Cayman Islands is this region’s fastest country, with an average speed of 16.12Mbps, with Venezuela at the bottom of the regional table with average speeds of just 1.37Mbps, which is a small improvement on last year.

    Generally the countries in this region occupy the centre portion of the global league, with no South/Latin America country in the 40 fastest or 40 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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