Highlights

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

  • Liechtenstein

    #1. Liechtenstein

    98% of Liechtenstein's near-40,000 population are internet users (compared to 95% in the UK, or 6% in Chad). The population enjoys excellent connectivity with fast, reliable provision.

  • Jersey

    #2. Jersey

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

  • Andorra

    #3. Andorra

    92% of Andorrans are internet users, and the country enjoys excellent connectivity. With a population of just 77,000 and an area of just 468km squared, infrastructure is fast and modern.

  • Gibraltar

    #4. Gibraltar

    Gibraltar covers a tiny area – the British Overseas Territory is just 6.7km squared. With a population of around 34,000, it shares low population and small landmass with the other top performers here.



Regions

Here we take a closer look at how average broadband speeds by global region, along with the fastest and slowest in each.

  • Asia (excl. Near East)

    27 countries were measured in the Asia (ex. Near East) region, which clocked in a regional average speed of 20.18Mbps. The fastest average speeds were measured in Hong Kong (105.32Mbps, 8th), Singapore (72.75Mbps, 18th), and Taiwan (54.77Mbps, 32nd) – all three of which have also performed well in previous years. China (2.09Mbps, 200th), Afghanistan (1.37Mbps, 211th), and Timor-Leste (0.89Mbps, 216th) were the slowest in the region, with Timor-Leste finding itself in the bottom ten countries in the world.

  • Baltics

    The Baltics, comprising three qualifying countries, ranked entirely in the top 50, and have an overall regional average of 59.95Mbps. Estonia fared best in 21st place overall and with an average speed of 70.90Mbps. Lithuania (56.63Mbps, 29th), and Latvia (52.32Mbps, 35th) followed behind fairly closely.

  • Caribbean

    Overall the Caribbean region fared well for what are essentially island nations, with seven of the 27 countries measured featuring in the top 50 fastest countries in the world. Overall, the region offers a respectable 20.77Mbps on average. At the faster end, Aruba (89.81Mbps, 12th), Cayman Islands (57.96Mbps, 27th), and Barbados (56.90Mbps, 28th) led the way, while Anguilla (5.38Mbps, 148th), Sint Maarten (4.69Mbps, 158th), and Cuba (3.16Mbps, 185th) were the slowest.


  • Central America

    Most Central American countries found themselves toward the middle of the league table. The region as a whole has an average speed of 14.01Mbps, but there are winners and losers in the region. The fastest average speeds can be found in Panama (36.55Mbps, 49th), Belize (16.57Mbps, 79th), and Costa Rica (16.42Mbps, 81st). Meanwhile, Nicaragua (6.65Mbps, 132nd), El Salvador (6.13Mbps, 137th), and Honduras (5.93Mbps, 139th) all performed comparatively poorly.

  • CIS (former USSR)

    Of the 11 CIS (former USSR) nations in the table, most can be found from the middle of the table downwards. The region had an average speed of 9.16Mbps. The top-three fastest nations in the region were Russia (24.98Mbps, 64th), Belarus (16.08Mbps, 86th), and Ukraine 15.09Mbps, 92nd). The slowest countries in the region were Uzbekistan (2.10Mbps, 199th), Tajikistan (1.01Mbps, 215th) and Turkmenistan (0.74Mbps, 219th). Both Tajikistan and Turkmenistan were among the slowest ten places in the world.

  • Eastern Europe

    There are 16 qualifying countries in the Eastern Europe region, all of which are in the top half of the table, with one (Hungary) making it into the top ten, and five others in the top 50. Overall the region averages 39.08Mbps. The fastest three were Hungary (99.74Mbps, 10th), Slovakia (72.26Mbps, 19th) and Slovenia (65.46Mbps, 25th). The slowest three were Bosnia and Herzegovina (15.66Mbps, 88th), Albania (12.36Mbps, 104th), and North Macedonia (11.48Mbps, 109th).


  • Near East

    The 15 countries in the Near East measured for this year's speed league table span the middle to the bottom of the table. The average for speed for the region is 11.68Mbps. The fastest countries were United Arab Emirates (28.33Mbps, 56th), Israel (26.49Mbps, 60th) and Qatar (23.98Mbps, 67th). The slowest were Lebanon (2.34Mbps, 195th), Syrian Arab Republic (0.76Mbps, 217th) and Yemen (0.65Mbps, 220th). And while Yemen did not come dead last for the first time since the study began, it did come second-last, and was joined by Syria in the bottom ten.

  • Northern Africa

    Northern Africa recorded the lowest overall internet speeds as a collective region, with all six qualifying countries in the bottom half of the table. Mauritania (1.47Mbps) recorded the slowest speed in 210th place, followed by Algeria (1.83Mbps, 204th), and Libya (2.60Mbps, 194th). Moroccos (6.55Mbps, 134th), Tunisia (5.66Mbps, 144th), and Egypt (4.71Mbps, 157th) offered the fastest speed in the region.

  • Northern America

    Five countries were measured in Northern America, all of which were in the top half of the table. The region as a while has an average speed of 49.29Mbps. Bermuda (73.60Mbps, 17th) and the United States (71.30Mbps, 20th) led the region with impressive averages. Meanwhile, Canada (52.60Mbps, 34th), Saint Pierre and Miquelon (30.31Mbps, 54th), and Greenland (18.65Mbps, 76th) were the slowest in the region.


  • Oceania

    Of the 13 qualifying countries in Oceania, most were in the bottom half of the speed table. The region has an overall average of 12.59Mbps. Leading the regional table here is New Zealand (66.66Mbps, 23rd), which trounces second-place (in the region) Australia (25.65Mbps, 62nd), and New Caledonia (15.15Mbps, 91st). The slowest in the region were Marshall Islands (2.75Mbps, 191st), Papua New Guinea (2.67Mbps, 193rd) and Vanuatu (2.22Mbps, 197th).

  • South America

    The 13 countries measured in South America span the upper-middle to very bottom of the table, with a regional average speed of 9.65Mbps. The fastest internet in South America can be found in Uruguay (22.16Mbps, 69th), Brazil (17.89Mbps, 78th), Paraguay (16.50Mbps, 80th), and Chile (16.10Mbps, 85th), all of which deliver respectable averages above the 10Mbps comfort zone. Guyana (4.43Mbps, 165th), Suriname (4.42Mbps, 166th), and Venezuela (1.61Mbps, 207th) were the slowest in the region.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa

    48 countries were measured in second-slowest region Sub-Saharan Africa, 45 of which found themselves in the lowest 50% of countries in the table. Going against the trend somewhat were Madagascar (18.00, 77th), Réunion (16.35Mbps, 82nd), and South Africa (14.04Mbps, 97th). Meanwhile, last-place South Sudan (0.58Mbps, 221st), Equatorial Guinea (0.75Mbps, 218Mbps), Ethiopia (1.12Mbps, 214th), Somalia (1.14Mbps, 213th), and Sudan (1.35Mbps, 212th) all fell within the bottom ten countries in the world for network speed.


  • Western Europe

    All 29 countries measured in Western Europe were in the top half of the table, countries in the region taking eight of the top ten spots in the world for internet speed. The regional average speed of 81.19Mbps makes it the fastest of the 13 global regions overall. Impressive average speeds were measured for regional top-three Liechtenstein (29.98Mbps, 1st in the world), Jersey (218.37Mbps, 2nd) and Andorra (213.41Mbps, 3rd). The slowest places in the region were Italy (23.18Mbps, 68th), Vatican City (19.12Mbps, 75th), and Faroe Islands (15.47Mbps, 90th).



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 previous years' results.

  • Press release

    If you wish to see the original press release for this research, you can download both the UK and international variants 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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