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:
- 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.
- Proximity/connection to submarine cables is important, as these massive undersea fiber-optic cables transmit about 97% of the world’s communication data.
- 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.
- 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.
|Rank||Country||Mean download speed (Mbps)|
|7||🇲🇴 Macao SAR||128.56|
|14||🇺🇸 United States||92.42|
|15||🇭🇰 Hong Kong SAR||91.04|
|20||🇳🇿 New Zealand||85.95|
|23||🇦🇽 Aland Islands||81.31|
|26||🇻🇦 Vatican City||73.49|
|27||🇰🇾 Cayman Islands||71.47|
|35||🇰🇷 Republic of Korea||61.72|
|37||🇱🇹 Republic of Lithuania||56.17|
|40||🇸🇰 Slovak Republic||54.92|
|42||🇮🇲 Isle of Man||52.1|
|43||🇬🇧 United Kingdom||51.48|
|48||🇵🇲 Saint Pierre and Miquelon||47.92|
|53||🇸🇲 San Marino||40.55|
|54||🇵🇷 Puerto Rico||40.52|
|56||🇲🇫 Saint Martin||40.19|
|63||🇲🇩 Republic of Moldova||36.47|
|64||🇹🇨 Turks and Caicos Islands||36.09|
|65||🇹🇹 Trinidad and Tobago||35.81|
|66||🇷🇺 Russian Federation||35.73|
|69||🇳🇨 New Caledonia||31.79|
|70||🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina||31.72|
|73||🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates||29.9|
|75||🇻🇮 Virgin Islands, U.S.||29.34|
|83||🇫🇴 Faroe Islands||21.59|
|90||🇿🇦 South Africa||19.94|
|93||🇧🇶 Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba||19.6|
|95||🇻🇬 Virgin Islands, British||19.4|
|97||🇨🇷 Costa Rica||19.02|
|99||🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia||18.1|
|107||🇲🇰 North Macedonia||15.38|
|108||🇯🇴 Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan||15.25|
|109||🇱🇨 Saint Lucia||15.02|
|111||🇻🇨 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||14.32|
|114||🇲🇵 Northern Mariana Islands||13.15|
|116||🇰🇳 Saint Kitts and Nevis||12.96|
|118||🇧🇱 Saint Barthélemy||12.25|
|120||🇨🇬 Republic of the Congo||12.07|
|122||🇩🇴 Dominican Republic||11.87|
|123||🇦🇸 American Samoa||11.76|
|127||🇬🇫 French Guiana||10.99|
|128||🇧🇫 Burkina Faso||10.73|
|131||🇸🇻 El Salvador||9.95|
|132||🇱🇰 Sri Lanka||9.95|
|136||🇨🇮 Cote D'Ivoire||9.54|
|141||🇦🇬 Antigua and Barbuda||8.69|
|144||🇹🇿 United Republic of Tanzania||8.6|
|149||🇨🇻 Cape Verde||7.94|
|152||🇵🇫 French Polynesia||7.67|
|165||🇲🇭 Marshall Islands||6.71|
|170||🇸🇽 Sint Maarten||6.15|
|171||🇱🇦 Lao People's Democratic Republic||5.91|
|177||🇸🇧 Solomon Islands||5.33|
|179||🇵🇬 Papua New Guinea||5.1|
|191||🇨🇩 DR Congo||3.63|
|204||🇸🇹 São Tomé and Príncipe||2.43|
|208||🇸🇱 Sierra Leone||2.19|
|213||🇸🇾 Syrian Arab Republic||1.67|
|214||🇫🇲 Federated States of Micronesia||1.63|
|218||🇸🇸 South Sudan||1.4|
|219||🇹🇱 Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste||1.33|
|220||🇬🇶 Equatorial Guinea||1.3|
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.
The World’s Biggest Startups: Top Unicorns of 2021
Here are the world’s biggest startups with a valuation above $10 billion.
The World’s Biggest Startups: Top Unicorns of 2021
Many entrepreneurs start businesses around the world, but only the most successful new companies become “unicorns”—the biggest startups with a valuation above $1 billion.
Some unicorns are little-known companies making quiet but impactful strides in software, healthcare, automotive, and other fields. Others have already become well-known industry leaders, like aerospace manufacturer SpaceX and game developer and publisher Epic Games.
In total, there are more than 800 unicorn startups globally. That said, this visualization specifically hones in on the world’s decacorns (unicorns with valuations above $10 billion) as of December 2021 according to CB Insights.
Private Startups Valued at Over $10 Billion
The world’s most prominent unicorns constantly see their valuations change as they enter different rounds of funding or maturity.
In December 2021, there were 35 startups with a valuation above $10 billion, spread out across different countries and industries.
|Canva||$40B||Australia||Internet software & services|
|Instacart||$39B||U.S.||Supply chain, logistics, & delivery|
|Databricks||$38B||U.S.||Data management & analytics|
|FTX||$25B||China (Hong Kong)||Fintech|
|Xiaohongshu||$20B||China||E-commerce & direct-to-consumer|
|J&T Express||$20B||Indonesia||Supply chain, logistics, & delivery|
|Fanatics||$18B||U.S.||E-commerce & direct-to-consumer|
|SHEIN||$15B||China||E-commerce & direct-to-consumer|
|goPuff||$15B||U.S.||E-commerce & direct-to-consumer|
|Grammarly||$13B||U.S.||Internet software & services|
|JUUL Labs||$12B||U.S.||Consumer & retail|
|GoodLeap||$12B||U.S.||Internet software & services|
|ZongMu Technology||$11.4B||China||Auto & transportation|
|Celonis||$11B||Germany||Data management & analytics|
|Weilong||$10.9B||China||Consumer & retail|
Many of the most valuable startups are already giants in their fields. For example, social media company Bytedance is the developer behind video network platform Douyin and its international version, TikTok, and has amassed a valuation of $140 billion.
Financial services and payment software company Stripe jumped from a valuation of $36 billion to $95 billion over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even less universally prominent names like Swedish fintech Klarna ($45.6 billion) and Australian graphic design platform Canva ($40.0 billion) are well known within their respective fields.
But private valuations don’t last forever. Many eventually go public, like electric vehicle maker and Tesla competitor Rivian, which had a valuation of $27.6 billion before listing on the NASDAQ.
The Biggest Startups by Industries and Countries
Breaking down the world’s biggest startups by industry highlights that tech is still king in most investing circles.
More than 77% of unicorns valued above $10 billion are categorized directly in tech-related fields, primarily in financial and commerce software.
|Startups Valued Above $10B By Industry||Number|
|E-commerce & direct-to-consumer||4|
|Internet software & services||3|
|Consumer & retail||2|
|Data management & analytics||2|
|Supply chain, logistics, & delivery||2|
|Auto & transportation||1|
And many of the unicorns categorized in non-tech fields are still technology companies at their core. In fact, Indonesia’s logistics and package delivery company J&T Express is one of the few unicorns not directly in tech, though it still uses automated sorting in its warehouses.
It was one of the few startups to come from somewhere other than the U.S. or China, which together accounted for over 70% of the 35 biggest startups. The UK (3) was the next most-frequently listed headquarters, while Australia, Brazil, Germany, India and Sweden each had one of these unicorns on the list.
With constantly fluctuating valuations and technological breakthroughs always around the corner, the next $10 billion unicorn could come from almost anywhere.
Ranked: The World’s Most Popular Social Networks, and Who Owns Them
When it comes to social networks, Meta is the dominant player, with a combined total of 7.5 billion MAUs across its four platforms.
The World’s Most Popular Social Networks, and Who Owns Them
Currently, there are over 4.5 billion people around the world who use some form of social media—about 57% of the global population.
Yet, while social media’s audience is widespread and diverse, just a handful of companies control a majority of the world’s most popular social media platforms. Meta, the tech giant formerly known as Facebook, owns four of the five most widely used platforms.
This graphic highlights the biggest social networks across the globe, measured by their monthly active users (MAUs).
Note: We’ll be using terms like “social network” and “social platform” interchangeably to refer to various messaging, video, and image-sharing platforms that have social attributes built in.
Top Social Platforms by Monthly Active Users
To measure each platform’s MAUs, we dug into various sources, including the most recent company SEC filings, and quarterly earnings reports.
A majority of Meta’s user base comes from its most popular platform, Facebook—the social media giant currently has around 2.9 billion MAUs worldwide.
|Rank||Platform name||Parent company||Country||Monthly active users, in millions|
|#25||Line||Naver||🇰🇷 South Korea||169|
|#27||Likee||Bigo Live||🇸🇬 Singapore||150|
Where in the world are Facebook users located? The platform’s biggest user base comes from India, with an audience size of almost 350 million. Its second-largest user base is the United States, with 193.9 million users, while Indonesia comes in third with 142.5 million.
But Facebook isn’t the only social giant in Meta’s network of platforms. WhatsApp has approximately 2 billion MAUs, making it Meta’s second-largest platform, and the third-largest social network overall.
Like Facebook, a significant number of WhatsApp users are located in India, with roughly 390 million users. Brazil has a large portion of WhatsApp users as well, with an audience size of 108 million.
The Billion Users Club
Meta currently dominates the social network landscape, with a combined total of 7.5 billion MAUs across all four of its platforms. However, a few other companies also hit the one billion MAU mark across all their platforms on the list:
|Rank||Parent company||# of companies on the list||Country||Combined MUAs|
|1||Meta||4||🇺🇸 U.S.||7.5 billion|
|2||Tencent||3||🇨🇳 China||2.4 billion|
|3||Alphabet||1||🇺🇸 U.S.||2.3 billion|
|4||Bytedance||2||🇨🇳 China||1.6 billion|
|5||Kuaishou||1||🇨🇳 China||1 billion|
After Meta, Tencent has the second-highest reach thanks to its three platforms—WeChat, Qzone, and QQ. Of the three, WeChat is currently the most popular. On average, WeChat users send about 45 billion messages a day.
Third on the list is Alphabet, thanks to its one platform, YouTube. Founded in 2005, this video streaming platform currently has over 50 million content creators, who share approximately 500 hours of video content every minute.
Close behind Alphabet is Bytedance, with a combined 1.6 billion MAUs across its two platforms—Douyin and its international counterpart TikTok. While the apps share a lot of similarities, they function as completely separate entities, with different registration, content policies, and regulations.
Global Social Networks? Not Always
While social media networks often transcend country borders, it’s worth noting that the online realm does not completely escape the constraints and regulations of our physical world.
Since 2009, Facebook has been banned in China for not complying with censorship rules. Facebook was also blocked in Iran and Syria around the same time and has been blocked sporadically since.
In 2020, the Trump administration tried to enact a similar ban against TikTok, but the order was blocked by a federal judge and eventually revoked by the Biden administration a year later.
Despite various bans and roadblocks, it’s clear that social media platforms have seeped into the lives (and onto the screens) of users across the globe. And as internet access worldwide continues to grow, so too will the number of social media users.
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