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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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Ranked: America’s 20 Biggest Tech Layoffs Since 2020

How bad are the current layoffs in the tech sector? This visual reveals the 20 biggest tech layoffs since the start of the pandemic.

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Ranked: America’s 20 Biggest Tech Layoffs This Decade

The events of the last few years could not have been predicted by anyone. From a global pandemic and remote work as the standard, to a subsequent hiring craze, rising inflation, and now, mass layoffs.

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, essentially laid off the equivalent of a small town just weeks ago, letting go of 12,000 people—the biggest layoffs the company has ever seen in its history. Additionally, Amazon and Microsoft have also laid off 10,000 workers each in the last few months, not to mention Meta’s 11,000.

This visual puts the current layoffs in the tech industry in context and ranks the 20 biggest tech layoffs of the 2020s using data from the tracker, Layoffs.fyi.

The Top 20 Layoffs of the 2020s

Since 2020, layoffs in the tech industry have been significant, accelerating in 2022 in particular. Here’s a look at the companies that laid off the most people over the last three years.

RankCompany# Laid Off% of WorkforceAs of
#1Google12,0006%Jan 2023
#2Meta11,00013%Nov 2021
#3Amazon10,0003%Nov 2021
#4Microsoft10,0005%Jan 2023
#5Salesforce8,00010%Jan 2023
#6Amazon8,0002%Jan 2023
#7Uber6,70024%May 2020
#8Cisco4,1005%Nov 2021
#9IBM3,9002%Jan 2023
#10Twitter3,70050%Nov 2021
#11Better.com3,00033%Mar 2022
#12Groupon2,80044%Apr 2020
#13Peloton2,80020%Feb 2022
#14Carvana2,50012%May 2022
#15Katerra2,434100%Jun 2021
#16Zillow2,00025%Nov 2021
#17PayPal2,0007%Jan 2023
#18Airbnb1,90025%May 2020
#19Instacart1,877--Jan 2021
#20Wayfair1,75010%Jan 2023

Layoffs were high in 2020 thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, halting the global economy and forcing staff reductions worldwide. After that, things were steady until the economic uncertainty of last year, which ultimately led to large-scale layoffs in tech—with many of the biggest cuts happening in the past three months.

The Cause of Layoffs

Most workforce slashings are being blamed on the impending recession. Companies are claiming they are forced to cut down the excess of the hiring boom that followed the pandemic.

Additionally, during this hiring craze competition was fierce, resulting in higher salaries for workers, which is now translating in an increased need to trim the fat thanks to the current economic conditions.

layoffs in the tech sector

Of course, the factors leading up to these recent layoffs are more nuanced than simple over-hiring plus recession narrative. In truth, there appears to be a culture shift occurring at many of America’s tech companies. As Rani Molla and Shirin Ghaffary from Recode have astutely pointed out, tech giants really want you to know they’re behaving like scrappy startups again.

Twitter’s highly publicized headcount reduction in late 2022 occurred for reasons beyond just macroeconomic factors. Elon Musk’s goal of doing more with a smaller team seemed to resonate with other founders and executives in Silicon Valley, providing an opening for others in tech space to cut down on labor costs as well. In just one example, Mark Zuckerberg hailed 2023 as the “year of efficiency” for Meta.

Meanwhile, over at Google, 12,000 jobs were put on the chopping block as the company repositions itself to win the AI race. In the words of Google’s own CEO:

“Over the past two years we’ve seen periods of dramatic growth. To match and fuel that growth, we hired for a different economic reality than the one we face today… We have a substantial opportunity in front of us with AI across our products and are prepared to approach it boldly and responsibly.”– Sundar Pichai

The Bigger Picture in the U.S. Job Market

Beyond the tech sector, job openings continue to rise. Recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revealed a total of 11 million job openings across the U.S., an increase of almost 7% month-over-month. This means that for every unemployed worker in America right now there are 1.9 job openings available.

Additionally, hiring increased significantly in January, with employers adding 517,000 jobs. While the BLS did report a decrease in openings in information-based industries, openings are increasing rapidly especially in the food services, retail trade, and construction industries.

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