The Fastest Internet in the World – Country Index 2019

With internet usage increasing day by day re-assessment of countries with the fastest internet was required. Below are our insights and new country rankings based on average speed in the country.

207 countries, 267+ million tests and millions of ISPs were all that Cable.co.uk required to compare and re-assess the global internet index. This is the third year that they have conducted the assessment, in this over 12 months of data is collected.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 11.03Mbps is the average broadband speed in the world.
  • Taiwan overtook Singapore and now has the fastest internet speed in the world. Average internet speed in Taiwan is 85.02Mbps.
  • The lowest internet speed was found to be 0.38Mbps in Yemen, making it the slowest in the world.
  • To download a 5GB movie in Yemen it took over 30 hours, while in Taiwan it was just 8 minutes.
  • Top five countries are 125 times faster in terms of download speed when compared to the slowest five countries.
  • European countries claimed 37 spots in the top 50 countries while Asia Pacific region claimed 10 spots along with North America claiming 2 spots and the remaining one was claimed by Madagascar becoming the only country from Africa.
  • Ofcom a UK based telecom watchdog said a minimum of 10Mbps is required for small business or a family of 4. 141 countries were found to be falling below this required speed.

WHO IS GETTING FASTER?

Yes, the internet is getting faster day by day. The global average speed is increased by 20.65% from 9.1Mbps in 2017 to 11.03Mbps in 2018.

However, the thing to note here is which are the countries that are contributing to this speed. The developed nations who already have the infrastructure ready with them, and with the base ready they are able to upgrade the technology with ease getting them faster internet speed.

Comparatively, the development is very slow or negligible in the countries which are in the bottom half of the list. Rolling out the upgraded technology is difficult as the base is only not ready yet, so there is a very less increase in the speed.

Our study shows that the smaller countries have the fastest internet in the world as they are more developed and coverage is less. Larger and less developed nations will continue to have slower speed unless they invest heavily on infrastructure keeping user base in mind. Like India is doing currently, taking a jump of 14 places.

BY REGION

Regional internet connection

It is not surprising that Europe has 37 countries listed in the top 50 countries with the fastest internet speed. The territory of Jersey was found to be the fastest in Europe, 67.64Mbps being its fastest speed. With an average speed of 55.18Mbps Sweden became Europe’s fastest country. 

Denmark with an average speed of 43.99Mbps took the fifth spot and Luxembourg not far behind claiming the seventh spot with an average speed 40.12Mbps. The only countries from the European region which could not find a place in the top 100 were Turkey and Armenia which were ranked 102 and 110 respectively.

The United Kingdom jumped a position claiming the 34th spot. With an average speed of 22.37Mbps, it got faster by 3.8Mbps compared to 2017.

INTERNET MAP

Below is the color-coded world map with average internet speed. A cluster of countries with the fastest internet speed can be seen in the European region, while the slowest countries form a cluster over the African continent.

Map courtesy Cable.co.uk

A mixed speed is observed in the Asia Pacific region. With countries like Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, New Zealand, and Hong Kong have some of the fastest internet speed. On the other hand, there are countries like Timor-Leste, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan which have the slowest internet speed.

32.89 Mbps is the average speed of the United States making it the country with the fastest internet speed in the American continents. The US is 15th on the list. With an average speed of 16.12Mbps, the Cayman Islands is the fastest in the Latin American region. And with an average speed of 1.37Mbps Venezuela claims the 183rd spot on the list making it the slowest in the American region.

12 Arab countries are present in the bottom half of the list, of which 9 are in the Asia-Pacific region and the remaining three are in the Latin American region. The only Arab countries which are present in the top half of the list are the United Arab Emirates at 67th position and Bahrain at 94th position.

25 out of 50 slowest countries are present in the African continent making it the worst-performing continent in terms of internet speed. The only country to make it in the top 50 in Madagascar. South Africa at 75 and Kenya at 84 positions are the only other two countries which make it into the top 100 list.

Country wise Average internet speed

Rank Country Region Avg Speed (Mbps) 5GB Download Time Change
1 Taiwan Asia & Pacific 85.02 00h 08m 13
2 Singapore Asia & Pacific 70.86 00h 09m -1
3 Jersey Europe 67.46 00h 10m 7
4 Sweden Europe 55.18 00h 12m -2
5 Denmark Europe 49.19 00h 13m -2
6 Japan Asia & Pacific 42.77 00h 15m 6
7 Luxembourg Europe 41.69 00h 16m 1
8 Netherlands Europe 40.21 00h 16m -1
9 Switzerland Europe 38.85 00h 17m 2
10 San Marino Europe 38.73 00h 17m N/A
11 Norway Europe 38.46 00h 17m -7
12 Andorra Europe 38.31 00h 17m 6
13 Spain Europe 36.06 00h 18m 3
14 Belgium Europe 35.69 00h 19m -8
15 United States North America 32.89 00h 20m 5
16 Latvia Europe 32.74 00h 20m -3
17 New Zealand Asia & Pacific 32.72 00h 20m 9
18 Estonia Europe 31.55 00h 21m -3
19 Hong Kong Asia & Pacific 31.37 00h 21m 0
20 Hungary Europe 31.1 00h 21m -11
21 Lithuania Europe 30.66 00h 22m -4
22 France Europe 30.44 00h 22m 1
23 Slovakia Europe 29.45 00h 23m -2
24 Finland Europe 29.34 00h 23m 0
25 Canada North America 28.76 00h 23m 8
26 Slovenia Europe 27.83 00h 24m 2
27 Germany Europe 24.64 00h 27m -2
28 Poland Europe 24.38 00h 28m 4
29 Ireland Europe 23.87 00h 28m 7
30 Malaysia Asia & Pacific 23.86 00h 28m 18
31 Czechia Europe 23.27 00h 29m -4
32 Portugal Europe 22.75 00h 30m -3
33 Madagascar Africa 22.57 00h 30m -11
34 United Kingdom Europe 22.37 00h 30m 1
35 Iceland Europe 22.13 00h 30m -1
36 Liechtenstein Europe 22.04 00h 30m 1
37 Romania Europe 21.8 00h 31m -32
38 Gibraltar Europe 20.27 00h 33m 6
39 Monaco Europe 20.2 00h 33m 21
40 Austria Europe 19.33 00h 35m -2
41 Macao Asia & Pacific 19.19 00h 35m 0
42 Rep. of Korea Asia & Pacific 19.18 00h 35m -12
43 Serbia Europe 19.17 00h 35m 7
44 Guernsey Europe 18.26 00h 37m 10
45 Thailand Asia & Pacific 18.21 00h 37m -5
46 Malta Europe 18.16 00h 37m 0
47 Italy Europe 17.3 00h 39m -4
48 Croatia Europe 17.22 00h 39m -6
49 Bulgaria Europe 16.95 00h 40m -18
50 Australia Asia & Pacific 16.36 00h 41m 2
51 Cayman Islands Latin America 16.12 00h 42m 4
52 Barbados Latin America 16.03 00h 42m -13
53 Aruba Latin America 15.15 00h 45m -4
54 Russia Europe 14.89 00h 45m -7
55 Bermuda North America 13.55 00h 50m 12
56 Greece Europe 13.41 00h 50m 1
57 Belarus Europe 13.19 00h 51m 9
58 Trinidad & Tobago Latin America 12.9 00h 52m -2
59 Kosovo Europe 12.07 00h 56m -6
60 Rep. of Moldova Europe 11.56 00h 59m -15
61 U.S. Virgin Islands Latin America 11.45 00h 59m 0
62 Bahamas Latin America 11.13 01h 01m 3
63 Isle of Man Europe 11.04 01h 01m -1
64 Cyprus Europe 11 01h 02m -5
65 Faroe Islands Europe 10.21 01h 06m -2
66 Réunion Asia & Pacific 10.02 01h 08m 76
67 UAE Arab States 9.62 01h 10m 30
68 Dominica Latin America 9.48 01h 12m 19
69 Uruguay Latin America 9.16 01h 14m 9
70 Montenegro Europe 9.1 01h 14m 4
71 Jamaica Latin America 9.08 01h 15m -2
72 Israel Europe 8.85 01h 17m -2
73 Turks & Caicos Islands Latin America 8.78 01h 17m -22
74 India Asia & Pacific 8.66 01h 18m 14
75 South Africa Africa 8.4 01h 21m 1
76 Panama Latin America 8.09 01h 24m -4
77 Puerto Rico Latin America 8 01h 25m -4
78 North Macedonia Europe 7.97 01h 25m -10
79 Bonaire Latin America 7.92 01h 26m N/A
80 British Virgin Islands Latin America 7.75 01h 28m 14
81 Ukraine Europe 7.72 01h 28m -23
82 Sri Lanka Asia & Pacific 7.67 01h 28m -1
83 Curaçao Latin America 7.64 01h 29m -3
84 Kenya Africa 7.62 01h 29m -20
85 Albania Europe 7.61 01h 29m 1
86 Bosnia & Herz. Europe 7.53 01h 30m -15
87 Martinique Latin America 7.23 01h 34m -3
88 Georgia Europe 7.14 01h 35m -11
89 Vietnam Asia & Pacific 7.02 01h 37m -14
90 Belize Latin America 6.8 01h 40m 18
91 Guadeloupe Latin America 6.72 01h 41m 8
92 Indonesia Asia & Pacific 6.65 01h 42m -9
93 Greenland North America 6.51 01h 44m N/A
94 Bahrain Arab States 6.24 01h 49m -4
95 St Kitts & Nevis Latin America 6.16 01h 50m -16
96 Saint Lucia Latin America 6.08 01h 52m 23
97 Philippines Asia & Pacific 6.05 01h 52m -8
98 Mexico Latin America 6.02 01h 53m -13
99 Antigua & Barbuda Latin America 5.91 01h 55m 10
100 Morocco Arab States 5.48 02h 04m 5
101 Qatar Arab States 5.35 02h 07m 10
102 Turkey Europe 5.27 02h 09m -11
103 Saudi Arabia Arab States 5.27 02h 09m 1
104 Jordan Arab States 5.2 02h 11m -2
105 Sint Maarten Latin America 5.13 02h 13m -12
106 Grenada Latin America 5.07 02h 14m 31
107 Oman Arab States 5.07 02h 14m 3
108 Mauritius Africa 5.02 02h 16m 31
109 Myanmar Asia & Pacific 4.87 02h 20m -9
110 Armenia Europe 4.85 02h 20m -3
111 Brazil Latin America 4.84 02h 21m 22
112 Brunei Asia & Pacific 4.78 02h 22m -11
113 Kazakhstan Asia & Pacific 4.66 02h 26m -18
114 Tunisia Arab States 4.64 02h 27m -2
115 Fiji Asia & Pacific 4.62 02h 27m 12
116 Anguilla Latin America 4.59 02h 28m N/A
117 Costa Rica Latin America 4.52 02h 31m -11
118 Iran Asia & Pacific 4.39 02h 35m 27
119 New Caledonia Asia & Pacific 4.34 02h 37m -2
120 Saint-Barthélemy Latin America 4.12 02h 45m N/A
121 Dominican Rep. Latin America 4.09 02h 47m -25
122 Cambodia Asia & Pacific 4.03 02h 49m -19
123 Saint Martin Latin America 3.98 02h 51m N/A
124 Chile Latin America 3.89 02h 55m -32
125 Kuwait Arab States 3.88 02h 55m 0
126 St Vincent & the Gren. Latin America 3.81 02h 59m 6
127 Guam Asia & Pacific 3.73 03h 02m -3
128 Nepal Asia & Pacific 3.62 03h 08m 16
129 Paraguay Latin America 3.55 03h 12m 26
130 Guyana Latin America 3.49 03h 15m -2
131 Colombia Latin America 3.48 03h 16m -17
132 Ecuador Latin America 3.46 03h 17m -6
133 Suriname Latin America 3.4 03h 20m 3
134 Namibia Africa 3.39 03h 21m -3
135 Rwanda Africa 3.34 03h 24m -5
136 Cabo Verde Africa 3.31 03h 26m -21
137 Guatemala Latin America 3.22 03h 32m -19
138 Uganda Africa 3.22 03h 32m 2
139 Ghana Africa 3.2 03h 33m -19
140 Zambia Africa 3.13 03h 37m 6
141 Azerbaijan Asia & Pacific 3.1 03h 39m -6
142 Burundi Africa 3.03 03h 45m -8
143 Haiti Latin America 2.94 03h 51m -5
144 El Salvador Latin America 2.93 03h 52m -21
145 Seychelles Africa 2.93 03h 53m 11
146 Laos Asia & Pacific 2.92 03h 53m -48
147 Peru Latin America 2.86 03h 58m -34
148 Honduras Latin America 2.84 04h 00m -26
149 Argentina Latin America 2.83 04h 01m -33
150 Zimbabwe Africa 2.73 04h 09m -29
151 Bangladesh Asia & Pacific 2.72 04h 11m -3
152 China Asia & Pacific 2.69 04h 13m -11
153 Comoros Africa 2.54 04h 28m N/A
154 Nicaragua Latin America 2.54 04h 28m -25
155 Kyrgyzstan Asia & Pacific 2.5 04h 33m 8
156 Papua New Guinea Asia & Pacific 2.47 04h 36m -6
157 Tanzania Africa 2.34 04h 51m -8
158 French Guiana Latin America 2.26 05h 01m -15
159 Senegal Africa 2.25 05h 03m 10
160 Mozambique Africa 2.16 05h 16m -7
161 Liberia Africa 2.11 05h 23m -3
162 Mongolia Asia & Pacific 2.1 05h 24m -1
163 Togo Africa 1.96 05h 48m 10
164 Sudan Arab States 1.93 05h 53m -2
165 Botswana Africa 1.92 05h 56m -1
166 Libya Arab States 1.88 06h 03m 1
167 Lebanon Arab States 1.84 06h 11m -7
168 Ivory Coast Africa 1.83 06h 12m -11
169 Palestine Arab States 1.83 06h 13m -15
170 Maldives Asia & Pacific 1.81 06h 16m -23
171 Bolivia Latin America 1.73 06h 33m -20
172 Cuba Latin America 1.66 06h 51m -90
173 Egypt Arab States 1.62 07h 01m -3
174 Malawi Africa 1.59 07h 10m 5
175 Mali Africa 1.56 07h 17m 12
176 Nigeria Africa 1.56 07h 18m -24
177 French Polynesia Asia & Pacific 1.51 07h 31m -9
178 eSwatini ( Swaziland) Africa 1.45 07h 51m -4
179 Pakistan Asia & Pacific 1.44 07h 55m -8
180 Iraq Arab States 1.39 08h 11m -2
181 Uzbekistan Asia & Pacific 1.37 08h 17m 3
182 Algeria Arab States 1.37 08h 19m -7
183 Venezuela Latin America 1.37 08h 20m -7
184 Afghanistan Asia & Pacific 1.26 08h 59m -4
185 Gabon Africa 1.26 09h 03m -4
186 Guinea Africa 1.25 09h 05m 10
187 Angola Africa 1.21 09h 22m -22
188 Gambia Africa 1.21 09h 25m -22
189 Sierra Leone Africa 1.2 09h 29m -30
190 DR Congo Africa 1.1 10h 21m 0
191 Mayotte Africa 1.09 10h 24m -6
192 Tajikistan Asia & Pacific 1.05 10h 50m -4
193 Cameroon Africa 1.03 11h 04m -21
194 Burkina Faso Africa 1.02 11h 09m -2
195 Syria Arab States 0.95 12h 02m -1
196 Benin Africa 0.94 12h 02m -19
197 Rep. of Congo Africa 0.93 12h 14m -6
198 Djibouti Arab States 0.88 12h 54m -9
199 São Tomé & Príncipe Africa 0.87 13h 08m -17
200 Somalia Arab States 0.86 13h 17m -3
201 Ethiopia Africa 0.8 14h 10m -18
202 Niger Africa 0.71 16h 05m -9
203 Turkmenistan Asia & Pacific 0.7 16h 10m -5
204 Mauritania Arab States 0.59 19h 22m -9
205 Equatorial Guinea Africa 0.51 22h 22m N/A
206 Timor-Leste Asia & Pacific 0.45 25h 24m -7
207 Yemen Arab States 0.38 30h 01m -7
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