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Mapped: The Fastest (and Slowest) Internet Speeds in the World

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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 Speedtest Global Index™, this map ranks the fastest (and slowest) internet speeds worldwide, comparing both fixed broadband and mobile.

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 Internet Speeds

The Speedtest Global Index uses data from hundreds of millions of people, in more than 190 countries, to measure both fixed broadband and mobile connections.

When it comes to the fastest fixed broadband, Singapore comes in first place, with a download speed of 262.2 mbps—more than double the global average.

# Country Global Speed (Mbps)
1 🇸🇬 Singapore 262.2
2 🇭🇰 Hong Kong 254.4
3 🇲🇨 Monaco 242.9
4 🇨🇭 Switzerland 222.0
5 🇹🇭 Thailand 221.0
6 🇷🇴 Romania 217.9
7 🇰🇷 South Korea 216.7
8 🇩🇰 Denmark 216.13
9 🇨🇱 Chile 209.8
10 🇫🇷 France 201.6
11 🇭🇺 Hungary 201.55
12 🇺🇸 United States 199
13 🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates 195.11
14 🇱🇮 Liechtenstein 194.77
15 🇨🇳 China 193.15
16 🇪🇸 Spain 187.36
17 🇯🇵 Japan 180.35
18 🇨🇦 Canada 176.46
19 🇱🇺 Luxembourg 173.16
20 🇲🇴 Macau (SAR) 170.84
21 🇸🇪 Sweden 167.29
22 🇮🇱 Israel 164.24
23 🇳🇿 New Zealand 164.16
24 🇳🇱 Netherlands 161.85
25 🇳🇴 Norway 161.61
26 🇹🇼 Taiwan 152
27 🇵🇱 Poland 147.45
28 🇵🇹 Portugal 145.96
29 🇦🇩 Andorra 145.18
30 🇲🇹 Malta 142.07
31 🇰🇼 Kuwait 141.42
32 🇲🇩 Moldova 139.61
33 🇱🇹 Lithuania 135.65
34 🇱🇻 Latvia 133.91
35 🇵🇦 Panama 131.35
36 🇫🇮 Finland 131.02
37 🇩🇪 Germany 130.76
38 🇧🇪 Belgium 121.81
39 🇮🇪 Ireland 117.4
40 🇸🇲 San Marino 114.24
41 🇸🇮 Slovenia 111.74
42 🇧🇧 Barbados 110.25
43 🇶🇦 Qatar 109.57
44 🇧🇷 Brazil 108.88
45 🇸🇰 Slovakia 106.12
46 🇲🇾 Malaysia 103.28
47 🇬🇧 United Kingdom 95.79
48 🇮🇹 Italy 94.3
49 🇦🇹 Austria 93.77
50 🇷🇺 Russia 93.37
51 🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia 91.65
52 🇹🇹 Trinidad and Tobago 87.42
53 🇨🇿 Czechia 86.29
54 🇦🇺 Australia 85.57
55 🇪🇪 Estonia 82.82
56 🇯🇴 Jordan 82.44
57 🇷🇸 Serbia 80.59
58 🇧🇬 Bulgaria 79.19
59 🇻🇳 Vietnam 75.3
60 🇧🇭 Bahrain 74.21
61 🇺🇦 Ukraine 73.89
62 🇵🇾 Paraguay 72.94
63 🇵🇭 Philippines 72.56
64 🇧🇾 Belarus 68.84
65 🇨🇴 Colombia 68.44
66 🇴🇲 Oman 65.3
67 🇬🇾 Guyana 63.2
68 🇮🇳 India 62.45
69 🇺🇾 Uruguay 61.23
70 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan 61.05
71 🇽🇰 Kosovo 60.86
72 🇵🇪 Peru 57.97
73 🇦🇷 Argentina 57.49
74 🇨🇷 Costa Rica 57.27
75 🇬🇩 Grenada 56.44
76 🇧🇸 The Bahamas 55.89
77 🇭🇷 Croatia 55.36
78 🇿🇦 South Africa 53.6
79 🇲🇽 Mexico 53.04
80 🇻🇨 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 50.8
81 🇲🇳 Mongolia 50.52
82 🇨🇾 Cyprus 50.45
83 🇬🇭 Ghana 49.55
84 🇱🇨 Saint Lucia 49.5
85 🇰🇬 Kyrgyzstan 47.91
86 🇲🇪 Montenegro 47.39
87 🇱🇦 Laos 47.01
88 🇲🇬 Madagascar 45.98
89 🇪🇬 Egypt 44.09
90 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina 43.1
91 🇲🇭 Marshall Islands 42.6
92 🇦🇱 Albania 41.47
93 🇧🇿 Belize 41.45
94 🇺🇿 Uzbekistan 40.64
95 🇹🇷 Turkey 40.58
96 🇯🇲 Jamaica 40
97 🇧🇩 Bangladesh 38.98
98 🇲🇰 North Macedonia 38.84
99 🇪🇨 Ecuador 37.53
100 🇦🇲 Armenia 37.21
101 🇨🇮 Côte d’Ivoire 35.41
102 🇬🇷 Greece 35.03
103 🇸🇳 Senegal 34.68
104 🇩🇲 Dominica 34.42
105 🇧🇳 Brunei 33.94
106 🇹🇯 Tajikistan 33.85
107 🇸🇨 Seychelles 33.27
108 🇮🇶 Iraq 33.13
109 🇰🇳 Saint Kitts and Nevis 32.78
110 🇩🇴 Dominican Republic 31.85
111 🇳🇵 Nepal 30.49
112 🇳🇮 Nicaragua 30.26
113 🇧🇴 Bolivia 27.06
114 🇮🇩 Indonesia 26.95
115 🇬🇪 Georgia 26.73
116 🇸🇻 El Salvador 26.41
117 🇲🇦 Morocco 26.4
118 🇭🇳 Honduras 26.17
119 🇱🇰 Sri Lanka 26.05
120 🇰🇭 Cambodia 25.82
121 🇱🇷 Liberia 25.65
122 🇱🇸 Lesotho 25.59
123 🇧🇫 Burkina Faso 25.52
124 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan 25.36
125 🇵🇸 Palestine 25.02
126 🇨🇬 Congo (Brazzaville) 24.12
127 🇲🇺 Mauritius 23.87
128 🇪🇭 Western Sahara 23.84
129 🇬🇹 Guatemala 23.82
130 🇨🇻 Cape Verde 23.78
131 🇲🇻 Maldives 23.72
132 🇻🇪 Venezuela 22.33
133 🇧🇹 Bhutan 21.79
134 🇮🇷 Iran 21.35
135 🇫🇯 Fiji 21.28
136 🇬🇦 Gabon 20.62
137 🇹🇬 Togo 20.61
138 🇲🇱 Mali 19.99
139 🇲🇲 Republic of the Union of Myanmar 19.78
140 🇷🇼 Rwanda 18.45
141 🇳🇦 Namibia 18.16
142 🇳🇬 Nigeria 18.15
143 🇹🇿 Tanzania 17.93
144 🇩🇯 Djibouti 17.75
145 🇰🇪 Kenya 17.41
146 🇦🇬 Antigua and Barbuda 17.11
147 🇱🇧 Lebanon 16.9
148 🇧🇯 Benin 16.81
149 🇨🇲 Cameroon 16.6
150 🇫🇲 Micronesia 16.56
151 🇱🇾 Libya 16.53
152 🇵🇬 Papua New Guinea 16.4
153 🇻🇺 Vanuatu 15.44
154 🇦🇴 Angola 15.04
155 🇭🇹 Haiti 14.93
156 🇸🇷 Suriname 14.93
157 🇿🇼 Zimbabwe 14.86
158 🇸🇴 Somalia 14.66
159 🇺🇬 Uganda 14.62
160 🇪🇹 Ethiopia 14.44
161 🇲🇼 Malawi 13.72
162 🇵🇰 Pakistan 13.5
163 🇬🇶 Equatorial Guinea 12.17
164 🇸🇱 Sierra Leone 12.13
165 🇨🇩 DR Congo 11.46
166 🇲🇷 Mauritania 11.08
167 🇸🇾 Syria 10.73
168 🇿🇲 Zambia 10.69
169 🇸🇿 Swaziland (Eswatini) 10.62
170 🇧🇼 Botswana 10.35
171 🇹🇳 Tunisia 10.3
172 🇬🇲 The Gambia 10.09
173 🇩🇿 Algeria 9.95
174 🇧🇮 Burundi 9.72
175 🇦🇫 Afghanistan 9.23
176 🇸🇩 Sudan 9.02
177 🇲🇿 Mozambique 8.84
178 🇾🇪 Yemen 5.95
179 🇹🇲 Turkmenistan 4.49
180 🇨🇺 Cuba 3.46

Size could be a factor in Singapore’s speedy internet, as it’s one of the smallest
and also densest countries in the world. With a landmass of just 280 square miles, it’s around the same size as Austin, Texas.

The country’s government has also prioritized investment in digital infrastructure, especially in recent years. In 2020, the Singaporean government promised to invest $2.52 billion towards digital innovation, with a portion dedicated to upgrading the country’s telecom infrastructure.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Cuba has the slowest fixed broadband, with a speed of 3.46 mbps. Along with poor government funding, Cuba also has limited access to submarine cables. While most countries are connected to several, Cuba is only connected to one.

Ranked: Mobile Internet Speeds

Mobile internet uses cell towers to wirelessly transmit internet to your phone. Because of this extra element, the ranking for mobile internet speeds varies from fixed broadband.

# Country Global Speed (Mbps)
1 🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates 195.52
2 🇰🇷 South Korea 192.16
3 🇳🇴 Norway 173.54
4 🇶🇦 Qatar 169.17
5 🇨🇳 China 163.45
6 🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia 149.95
7 🇰🇼 Kuwait 141.46
8 🇨🇾 Cyprus 136.18
9 🇦🇺 Australia 126.97
10 🇧🇬 Bulgaria 126.21
11 🇨🇭 Switzerland 115.83
12 🇱🇺 Luxembourg 110.67
13 🇩🇰 Denmark 103.35
14 🇳🇱 Netherlands 100.48
15 🇴🇲 Oman 97.81
16 🇸🇪 Sweden 97.06
17 🇺🇸 United States 96.31
18 🇸🇬 Singapore 91.75
19 🇨🇦 Canada 87.65
20 🇫🇮 Finland 83.01
21 🇧🇭 Bahrain 81.54
22 🇹🇼 Taiwan 81.32
23 🇬🇧 United Kingdom 80.82
24 🇭🇷 Croatia 78.91
25 🇭🇰 Hong Kong 78.75
26 🇩🇪 Germany 75.67
27 🇳🇿 New Zealand 73.17
28 🇫🇷 France 72.47
29 🇬🇷 Greece 70.71
30 🇪🇪 Estonia 70.44
31 🇧🇪 Belgium 70.24
32 🇦🇹 Austria 66.38
33 🇱🇹 Lithuania 63.03
34 🇲🇴 Macau (SAR) 62.43
35 🇲🇹 Malta 62.1
36 🇧🇳 Brunei 61.85
37 🇯🇵 Japan 61.32
38 🇭🇺 Hungary 58.9
39 🇨🇿 Czechia 58.46
40 🇲🇻 Maldives 58.3
41 🇸🇮 Slovenia 57.52
42 🇲🇰 North Macedonia 57.37
43 🇷🇴 Romania 55.93
44 🇮🇪 Ireland 55.39
45 🇵🇱 Poland 52.28
46 🇸🇰 Slovakia 51.49
47 🇿🇦 South Africa 50.44
48 🇷🇸 Serbia 50.34
49 🇦🇱 Albania 49.82
50 🇹🇭 Thailand 49.37
51 🇪🇸 Spain 48.14
52 🇮🇹 Italy 47.51
53 🇹🇷 Turkey 47.43
54 🇮🇱 Israel 46.02
55 🇱🇻 Latvia 45.29
56 🇵🇹 Portugal 43.41
57 🇻🇳 Vietnam 41.16
58 🇲🇩 Moldova 40.64
59 🇹🇬 Togo 40.32
60 🇮🇶 Iraq 40.21
61 🇸🇷 Suriname 39.54
62 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan 39.25
63 🇺🇾 Uruguay 39.04
64 🇲🇱 Mali 38.84
65 🇲🇦 Morocco 37.63
66 🇹🇹 Trinidad and Tobago 37.54
67 🇯🇲 Jamaica 36.77
68 🇬🇪 Georgia 36.53
69 🇧🇼 Botswana 35.38
70 🇧🇦 Bosnia and Herzegovina 34.97
71 🇲🇽 Mexico 34.49
72 🇨🇷 Costa Rica 34.39
73 🇵🇭 Philippines 33.77
74 🇦🇲 Armenia 33.71
75 🇧🇷 Brazil 33.47
76 🇲🇺 Mauritius 33.32
77 🇹🇳 Tunisia 33.01
78 🇧🇸 The Bahamas 32.63
79 🇨🇲 Cameroon 32.46
80 🇮🇷 Iran 32.3
81 🇱🇧 Lebanon 32.06
82 🇱🇦 Laos 32.04
83 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan 31.81
84 🇺🇦 Ukraine 31.2
85 🇩🇴 Dominican Republic 31.07
86 🇬🇹 Guatemala 30
87 🇦🇷 Argentina 29.6
88 🇲🇪 Montenegro 29.14
89 🇲🇾 Malaysia 29.14
90 🇭🇳 Honduras 28.69
91 🇽🇰 Kosovo 28.5
92 🇷🇺 Russia 28.16
93 🇲🇲 Republic of the Union of Myanmar 27.94
94 🇯🇴 Jordan 26.51
95 🇫🇯 Fiji 26.45
96 🇳🇮 Nicaragua 26
97 🇵🇪 Peru 25.46
98 🇨🇺 Cuba 25.21
99 🇸🇻 El Salvador 25.17
100 🇪🇨 Ecuador 24.98
101 🇰🇬 Kyrgyzstan 24.95
102 🇪🇬 Egypt 24.48
103 🇦🇴 Angola 23.98
104 🇰🇭 Cambodia 23.71
105 🇳🇬 Nigeria 23.59
106 🇪🇹 Ethiopia 23.19
107 🇧🇴 Bolivia 23.17
108 🇲🇳 Mongolia 23.11
109 🇭🇹 Haiti 22.52
110 🇸🇳 Senegal 22.48
111 🇰🇪 Kenya 22.22
112 🇮🇩 Indonesia 21.96
113 🇨🇱 Chile 21.28
114 🇳🇵 Nepal 20.9
115 🇵🇾 Paraguay 20.8
116 🇳🇦 Namibia 20.74
117 🇲🇿 Mozambique 20.55
118 🇵🇦 Panama 20.44
119 🇸🇾 Syria 20.09
120 🇵🇰 Pakistan 19.79
121 🇺🇬 Uganda 18.97
122 🇺🇿 Uzbekistan 18.92
123 🇨🇴 Colombia 18.67
124 🇧🇾 Belarus 18.66
125 🇨🇮 Côte d’Ivoire 18.37
126 🇮🇳 India 17.96
127 🇩🇿 Algeria 17.31
128 🇱🇾 Libya 17.22
129 🇿🇲 Zambia 16.05
130 🇱🇰 Sri Lanka 16.02
131 🇹🇯 Tajikistan 15.7
132 🇸🇩 Sudan 15.66
133 🇹🇿 Tanzania 14.48
134 🇸🇴 Somalia 14.23
135 🇿🇼 Zimbabwe 13.71
136 🇬🇭 Ghana 13.17
137 🇧🇩 Bangladesh 12.92
138 🇵🇸 Palestine 8.11
139 🇻🇪 Venezuela 7.41
140 🇦🇫 Afghanistan 7.07

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is first on the list, with a download speed of 195.5 mbps. Not only is mobile data fast in the UAE, it’s also relatively cheap, compared to other countries on the ranking. The average cost of 1 GB of data in the UAE is around $3.78, while in South Korea (#2 on the list) it’s $10.94.

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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