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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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The World’s Biggest Startups: Top Unicorns of 2021

Here are the world’s biggest startups with a valuation above $10 billion.

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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.

CompanyValuationCountryCategory
Bytedance$140BChinaArtificial intelligence
SpaceX$100.3BU.S.Other
Stripe$95BU.S.Fintech
Klarna$45.6BSwedenFintech
Canva$40BAustraliaInternet software & services
Instacart$39BU.S.Supply chain, logistics, & delivery
Databricks$38BU.S.Data management & analytics
Revolut$33BUKFintech
Nubank$30BBrazilFintech
Epic Games$28.7BU.S.Other
Chime$25BU.S.Fintech
FTX$25BChina (Hong Kong)Fintech
BYJU's$21BIndiaEdtech
Xiaohongshu$20BChinaE-commerce & direct-to-consumer
J&T Express$20BIndonesiaSupply chain, logistics, & delivery
Fanatics$18BU.S.E-commerce & direct-to-consumer
Yuanfudao$15.5BChinaEdtech
DJI Innovations$15BChinaHardware
SHEIN$15BChinaE-commerce & direct-to-consumer
Checkout.com$15BUKFintech
goPuff$15BU.S.E-commerce & direct-to-consumer
Plaid Technologies$13.4BU.S.Fintech
Grammarly$13BU.S.Internet software & services
Devoted Health$12.6BU.S.Health
Faire$12.4BU.S.Artificial intelligence
Brex$12.3BU.S.Fintech
SenseTime$12BChinaArtificial intelligence
Bitmain Technologies$12BChinaHardware
Biosplice Therapeutics$12BU.S.Health
JUUL Labs$12BU.S.Consumer & retail
GoodLeap$12BU.S.Internet software & services
ZongMu Technology$11.4BChinaAuto & transportation
Global Switch$11.1BUKHardware
Celonis$11BGermanyData management & analytics
Weilong$10.9BChinaConsumer & 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 IndustryNumber
Fintech9
E-commerce & direct-to-consumer4
Artificial intelligence3
Hardware3
Internet software & services3
Consumer & retail2
Data management & analytics2
Edtech2
Health2
Other2
Supply chain, logistics, & delivery2
Auto & transportation1

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.

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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.

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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.

RankPlatform nameParent companyCountryMonthly active users, in millions
#1FacebookMeta🇺🇸 U.S.2,910
#2YouTubeAlphabet🇺🇸 U.S.2,291
#3WhatsAppMeta🇺🇸 U.S.2,000
#4MessengerMeta🇺🇸 U.S.1,300
#5InstagramMeta🇺🇸 U.S.1,287
#6WeChatTencent🇨🇳 China1,225
#7KuaishouKuaishou🇨🇳 China1,000
#8TikTokBytedance🇨🇳 China1,000
#9TelegramTelegram🇦🇪 UAE600
#10QzoneTencent🇨🇳 China600
#11QQTencent🇨🇳 China591
#12WeiboSina🇨🇳 China566
#13DouyinBytedance🇨🇳 China550
#14SnapchatSnap🇺🇸 U.S.538
#15TwitterTwitter🇺🇸 U.S.463
#16PinterestPinterest🇺🇸 U.S.454
#17RedditReddit🇺🇸 U.S.430
#18LinkedInMicrosoft🇺🇸 U.S.310
#19QuoraQuora🇺🇸 U.S.300
#20SkypeMicrosoft🇺🇸 U.S.300
#21TiebaBaidu🇨🇳 China300
#22ViberRakuten🇯🇵 Japan250
#23TeamsMicrosoft🇺🇸 U.S.250
#24imoPageBites🇺🇸 U.S.212
#25LineNaver🇰🇷 South Korea169
#26PicsartPicsart🇺🇸 U.S.150
#27LikeeBigo Live🇸🇬 Singapore150
#28DiscordDiscord🇺🇸 U.S.140

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:

RankParent company# of companies on the listCountryCombined MUAs
1Meta4🇺🇸 U.S.7.5 billion
2Tencent3🇨🇳 China2.4 billion
3Alphabet1🇺🇸 U.S.2.3 billion
4Bytedance2🇨🇳 China1.6 billion
5Kuaishou1🇨🇳 China1 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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