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Mapped: The World’s Fastest (and Slowest) Internet Speeds

How quickly did this page load for you?

The answer depends on the device you’re using, and where in the world you’re located. Average internet speeds vary wildly from country to country.

Which countries have the fastest internet connection? Using data from the Cable.co.uk, this map ranks the fastest (and slowest) internet speeds worldwide by comparing the fixed broadband speeds of over 200 countries.

What Factors Affect Internet Speed?

Before diving in, it’s important to understand the key factors that impact a country’s internet speed. Generally speaking, internet speed depends on:

  1. Infrastructure or the type of cabling (copper or fiber-optic) that a country’s utilizing to support their internet service. Typically, the newer the infrastructure, the faster the connection.
  2. Proximity/connection to submarine cables is important, as these massive undersea fiber-optic cables transmit about 97% of the world’s communication data.
  3. The size of a country, since landmass affects how much it costs to upgrade infrastructure. The smaller the country, the cheaper it is to upgrade cabling.
  4. Investment makes a difference, or how much a country’s government prioritizes internet accessibility.

Of course, other factors may influence a country’s internet speed too, such as government regulation and intentional bandwidth throttling, which is the case in countries like Turkmenistan.

Ranked: Fixed Broadband Speeds

To measure fixed broadband speeds across the globe, Cable.co.uk used more than 1.1 billion speed tests, sourced from over 200 countries.

The region with the fastest connection is Jersey, which is one of the islands that make up the British Isles. It has an average download speed of 274.27 mbps—almost 9x the overall average.

RankCountryMean download speed (Mbps)
1🇯🇪 Jersey274.27
2🇱🇮 Liechtenstein211.26
3🇮🇸 Iceland191.83
4🇦🇩 Andorra164.66
5🇬🇮 Gibraltar151.34
6🇲🇨 Monaco144.29
7🇲🇴 Macao SAR128.56
8🇱🇺 Luxembourg107.94
9🇳🇱 Netherlands107.3
10🇭🇺 Hungary104.07
11🇸🇬 Singapore97.61
12🇧🇲 Bermuda96.54
13🇯🇵 Japan96.36
14🇺🇸 United States92.42
15🇭🇰 Hong Kong SAR91.04
16🇪🇸 Spain89.59
17🇸🇪 Sweden88.98
18🇳🇴 Norway88.67
19🇫🇷 France85.96
20🇳🇿 New Zealand85.95
21🇲🇹 Malta85.2
22🇪🇪 Estonia84.72
23🇦🇽 Aland Islands81.31
24🇨🇦 Canada79.96
25🇧🇪 Belgium78.46
26🇻🇦 Vatican City73.49
27🇰🇾 Cayman Islands71.47
28🇦🇼 Aruba70.66
29🇷🇴 Romania67.4
30🇸🇮 Slovenia67.2
31🇵🇱 Poland63.84
32🇧🇬 Bulgaria63.41
33🇱🇻 Latvia63.28
34🇵🇹 Portugal63.02
35🇰🇷 Republic of Korea61.72
36🇩🇪 Germany60.55
37🇱🇹 Republic of Lithuania56.17
38🇧🇧 Barbados55.92
39🇫🇮 Finland55.08
40🇸🇰 Slovak Republic54.92
41🇹🇭 Thailand53.95
42🇮🇲 Isle of Man52.1
43🇬🇧 United Kingdom51.48
44🇮🇪 Ireland51.41
45🇨🇭 Switzerland50.83
46🇭🇷 Croatia49.77
47🇩🇰 Denmark49.24
48🇵🇲 Saint Pierre and Miquelon47.92
49🇹🇼 Taiwan46.43
50🇷🇪 Réunion43.62
51🇲🇾 Malaysia42.83
52🇬🇱 Greenland41.56
53🇸🇲 San Marino40.55
54🇵🇷 Puerto Rico40.52
55🇦🇺 Australia40.5
56🇲🇫 Saint Martin40.19
57🇲🇪 Montenegro40.14
58🇧🇸 Bahamas39.71
59🇦🇹 Austria37.99
60🇨🇿 Czechia37.23
61🇮🇹 Italy36.69
62🇷🇸 Serbia36.59
63🇲🇩 Republic of Moldova36.47
64🇹🇨 Turks and Caicos Islands36.09
65🇹🇹 Trinidad and Tobago35.81
66🇷🇺 Russian Federation35.73
67🇮🇱 Israel34.97
68🇧🇷 Brazil33.34
69🇳🇨 New Caledonia31.79
70🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina31.72
71🇬🇬 Guernsey31.2
72🇵🇦 Panama30.58
73🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates29.9
74🇬🇷 Greece29.76
75🇻🇮 Virgin Islands, U.S.29.34
76🇨🇾 Cyprus28.3
77🇺🇦 Ukraine25.26
78🇶🇦 Qatar24.16
79🇧🇿 Belize23.12
80🇮🇳 India22.53
81🇽🇰 Kosovo22.21
82🇺🇾 Uruguay21.73
83🇫🇴 Faroe Islands21.59
84🇬🇵 Guadeloupe21.32
85🇯🇲 Jamaica20.96
86🇬🇺 Guam20.76
87🇻🇳 Vietnam20.66
88🇬🇩 Grenada20.49
89🇨🇼 Curaçao20.18
90🇿🇦 South Africa19.94
91🇲🇶 Martinique19.88
92🇧🇾 Belarus19.86
93🇧🇶 Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba19.6
94🇵🇾 Paraguay19.41
95🇻🇬 Virgin Islands, British19.4
96🇦🇱 Albania19.36
97🇨🇷 Costa Rica19.02
98🇲🇽 Mexico18.83
99🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia18.1
100🇰🇼 Kuwait18.06
101🇦🇲 Armenia18.05
102🇵🇭 Philippines16.84
103🇴🇲 Oman16.73
104🇧🇭 Bahrain16.37
105🇲🇬 Madagascar16.28
106🇧🇳 Brunei15.79
107🇲🇰 North Macedonia15.38
108🇯🇴 Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan15.25
109🇱🇨 Saint Lucia15.02
110🇲🇳 Mongolia14.94
111🇻🇨 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines14.32
112🇬🇪 Georgia13.83
113🇨🇱 Chile13.76
114🇲🇵 Northern Mariana Islands13.15
115🇨🇴 Colombia13.13
116🇰🇳 Saint Kitts and Nevis12.96
117🇩🇲 Dominica12.41
118🇧🇱 Saint Barthélemy12.25
119🇭🇹 Haiti12.12
120🇨🇬 Republic of the Congo12.07
121🇸🇨 Seychelles12.04
122🇩🇴 Dominican Republic11.87
123🇦🇸 American Samoa11.76
124🇹🇷 Turkey11.58
125🇵🇪 Peru11.35
126🇰🇪 Kenya11.27
127🇬🇫 French Guiana10.99
128🇧🇫 Burkina Faso10.73
129🇲🇦 Morocco10.33
130🇪🇨 Ecuador10.25
131🇸🇻 El Salvador9.95
132🇱🇰 Sri Lanka9.95
133🇬🇹 Guatemala9.85
134🇳🇮 Nicaragua9.75
135🇮🇩 Indonesia9.58
136🇨🇮 Cote D'Ivoire9.54
137🇫🇯 Fiji9.4
138🇬🇾 Guyana9.26
139🇬🇭 Ghana9.23
140🇦🇮 Anguilla9
141🇦🇬 Antigua and Barbuda8.69
142🇳🇬 Nigeria8.68
143🇦🇷 Argentina8.68
144🇹🇿 United Republic of Tanzania8.6
145🇲🇺 Mauritius8.53
146🇺🇬 Uganda8.52
147🇰🇭 Cambodia8.49
148🇱🇸 Lesotho8.46
149🇨🇻 Cape Verde7.94
150🇿🇼 Zimbabwe7.92
151🇾🇹 Mayotte7.7
152🇵🇫 French Polynesia7.67
153🇹🇳 Tunisia7.46
154🇲🇻 Maldives7.45
155🇰🇬 Kyrgyzstan7.44
156🇸🇷 Suriname7.44
157🇧🇴 Bolivia7.36
158🇲🇿 Mozambique7.17
159🇭🇳 Honduras7.17
160🇮🇷 Iran7.05
161🇸🇳 Senegal7.02
162🇪🇬 Egypt6.94
163🇳🇵 Nepal6.84
164🇼🇸 Samoa6.8
165🇲🇭 Marshall Islands6.71
166🇺🇿 Uzbekistan6.64
167🇦🇿 Azerbaijan6.63
168🇧🇹 Bhutan6.44
169🇷🇼 Rwanda6.29
170🇸🇽 Sint Maarten6.15
171🇱🇦 Lao People's Democratic Republic5.91
172🇦🇴 Angola5.88
173🇰🇿 Kazakhstan5.83
174🇱🇧 Lebanon5.67
175🇮🇶 Iraq5.58
176🇿🇲 Zambia5.48
177🇸🇧 Solomon Islands5.33
178🇱🇷 Liberia5.23
179🇵🇬 Papua New Guinea5.1
180🇬🇦 Gabon4.99
181🇲🇼 Malawi4.96
182🇵🇼 Palau4.84
183🇲🇱 Mali4.72
184🇲🇲 Myanmar4.58
185🇳🇦 Namibia4.42
186🇰🇲 Comoros3.99
187🇸🇿 Eswatini3.73
188🇱🇾 Libya3.73
189🇧🇼 Botswana3.65
190🇵🇸 Palestine3.65
191🇨🇩 DR Congo3.63
192🇹🇬 Togo3.54
193🇳🇪 Niger3.23
194🇩🇿 Algeria3.08
195🇨🇲 Cameroon3.04
196🇨🇺 Cuba2.92
197🇧🇩 Bangladesh2.9
198🇻🇺 Vanuatu2.9
199🇵🇰 Pakistan2.82
200🇧🇮 Burundi2.82
201🇻🇪 Venezuela2.62
202🇧🇯 Benin2.59
203🇲🇷 Mauritania2.54
204🇸🇹 São Tomé and Príncipe2.43
205🇪🇷 Eritrea2.41
206🇬🇳 Guinea2.39
207🇹🇩 Chad2.39
208🇸🇱 Sierra Leone2.19
209🇨🇳 China2.06
210🇬🇲 Gambia2.04
211🇹🇯 Tajikistan1.82
212🇸🇩 Sudan1.8
213🇸🇾 Syrian Arab Republic1.67
214🇫🇲 Federated States of Micronesia1.63
215🇸🇴 Somalia1.59
216🇩🇯 Djibouti1.46
217🇦🇫 Afghanistan1.41
218🇸🇸 South Sudan1.4
219🇹🇱 Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste1.33
220🇬🇶 Equatorial Guinea1.3
221🇬🇼 Guinea-Bissau1.24
222🇪🇹 Ethiopia1.2
223🇾🇪 Yemen0.68
224🇹🇲 Turkmenistan0.5

Infrastructure is a major reason behind Jersey’s speedy internet. It’s the first jurisdiction in the world to upgrade its entire system to pure fibre (FTTP). But the region’s size also plays a factor, since its landmass and population size are both relatively small compared to the rest of the world.

Second on the list is another small region, Liechtenstein, with an average download speed of 211.26 mbps. Liechtenstein is one of the richest countries in the world per capita, and its government has invested heavily in its telecommunications infrastructure, aiming to be fully fibre optic by 2022.

Like Jersey, Liechtenstein also has a relatively small population. At the time of this article’s publication, the region is home to approximately 38,000 people. In fact, it’s worth noting that of the top ten regions, only two have populations over one million—the Netherlands, and Hungary.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Turkmenistan has the slowest fixed broadband, with a speed of 0.5 mbps. As mentioned above, this is largely because of government regulation and intervention.

The Future is 5G

Innovation and new technologies are changing the digital landscape, and things like 5G networks are becoming more mainstream across the globe.

Because of the rapidly changing nature of this industry, the data behind this ranking is updated monthly to provide the latest look at internet speeds across the globe.

This means the bar is gradually raising when it comes to internet speed, as faster, stronger internet connections become the norm. And countries that aren’t equipped to handle these souped-up networks will lag behind even further.

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In the media and public discourse, companies like Alphabet, Apple, and Microsoft are often lumped together into the same “Big Tech” category. After all, they constitute the world’s largest companies by market capitalization.

And because of this, it’s easy to assume they’re in direct competition with each other, fiercely battling for a bigger piece of the “Big Tech” pie. But while there is certainly competition between the world’s tech giants, it’s a lot less drastic than you might imagine.

This is apparent when you look into their various revenue streams, and this series of graphics by Truman Du provides a revenue breakdown of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft.

How Big Tech Companies Generate Revenue

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, Amazon’s biggest revenue driver is e-commerce. However, as the graphic above shows, the costs of e-commerce are so steep, that it actually reported a net loss in Q2 2022.

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Apple

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Apple’s biggest revenue driver is consumer electronics sales, particularly from the iPhone which accounts for nearly half of overall revenue. iPhones are particularly popular in the U.S., where they make up around 50% of smartphone sales across the country.

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The Most Popular Websites Since 1993

Over the last three decades, the internet has grown at a mind-bending pace.

In 1993, there were fewer than 200 websites available on the World Wide Web. Fast forward to 2022, and that figure has grown to 2 billion.

This animated graphic by James Eagle provides a historical look at the evolution of the internet, showing the most popular websites over the years from 1993 to 2022.

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It was possible to go on the proto-internet as early as the 1970s, but the more user-centric and widely accessible version we think of today didn’t really materialize until the early 1990s using dial-up modems.

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RankWebsiteMonthly Visits (May 2000)
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2Yahoo387,573,587
3MSN354,239,803
4eBay116,101,785
5Lycos116,064,930

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When the company started to pick up steam, its name changed to Yahoo, which became a backronym that stands for “Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle.”

Yahoo grew fast and by the early 2000s, it became the most popular website on the internet. It held its top spot for several years—by April 2004, Yahoo was receiving 5.6 billion monthly visits.

RankWebsiteMonthly Visits (April 2004)
1Yahoo5,658,032,268
2MSN1,838,700,057
3Google1,318,276,780
4AOL905,009,947
5eBay805,474,705

But Google was close on its heels. Founded in 1998, Google started out as a simpler and more efficient search engine, and the website quickly gained traction.

Funny enough, Google was actually Yahoo’s default search engine in the early 2000s until Yahoo dropped Google so it could use its own search engine technology in 2004.

For the next few years, Google and Yahoo competed fiercely, and both names took turns at the top of the most popular websites list. Then, in the 2010s, Yahoo’s trajectory started to head south after a series of missed opportunities and unsuccessful moves.

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While Google has held its spot at the top for nearly two decades, it’s worth highlighting the emergence of social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook.

YouTube and Facebook certainly weren’t the first social media platforms to gain traction. MySpace had a successful run back in 2007—at one point, it was the third most popular website on the World Wide Web.

RankWebsiteMonthly Visits (Jan 2007)
1Google7,349,521,929
2Yahoo5,169,762,311
3MySpace1,276,515,128
4MSN1,259,467,102
5eBay957,928,554

But YouTube and Facebook marked a new era for social media platforms, partly because of their ​​impeccable timing. Both platforms entered the scene around the same time that smartphone innovations were turning the mobile phone industry on its head. The iPhone’s design, and the introduction of the App store in 2008, made it easier than ever to access the internet via your mobile device.

As of January 2022, YouTube and Facebook are still the second and third most visited websites on the internet.

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What will the most popular websites be in a few years? Will Google continue to hold the top spot? There are no signs of the internet giant slowing down anytime soon, but if history has taught us anything, it’s that things change. And no one should get too comfortable at the top.

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