The World Broadband Speed League has released the Global Internet Speed Table, based on approximately 1.3 billion speed tests conducted in the 12 months to June 30, 2023 in 220 countries.
The top five countries or territories with the fastest Internet in the world are Jersey (264.52 Mbps), Liechtenstein (246.76 Mbps), Macau (231.40 Mbps), Iceland (229.35 Mbps), and Gibraltar (206.27 Mbps).
General data from the map
The countries on the interactive map are color-coded according to the average broadband speed measured there. At a glance, you can see that Western Europe, North America, and the Baltic regions dominate the upper speed ranges. Meanwhile, the African continent, Central and South America, the Middle East, and the CIS countries, which for some reason again includes Ukraine, make up the lion’s share of the landmass where network speeds are lowest.
If you hover over a country on the interactive map on the service’s website, the data related to it will be displayed. This includes the name of the country, its ranking among 220 countries measured, its average download speed, the number of unique IP addresses checked, the total number of tests, and how long it takes to download a 5 GB HD movie.
Why some countries lack data
Countries where fewer than 100 measurements could be taken during the sample period were excluded from the study and therefore from the map. You can still view the data for these countries if you wish – they are included in the “Excluded Countries” tab of the downloadable data. However, due to the small sample size, the numbers will be unreliable.
This year’s excluded countries are: Aland Islands, Cocos Islands (Keeling), Central African Republic, Cook Islands, Christmas Island, Western Sahara, Eritrea, Falkland Islands, British Indian Ocean Territory, Kiribati, Comoros, North Korea, and North Korea, Montserrat, Norfolk Island, Nauru, Niue, Pitcairn Islands, Palau, Saint Helena, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Svalbard and Yang Mayen, French South and Antarctic Territories, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, U.S. Lesser Outlying Islands and Samoa.
The English Channel island of Jersey was the first jurisdiction in the world to make pure fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) available to every broadband user. Jersey Telecom now offers its customers a minimum download speed of 944 Mbps.
99% of Liechtenstein’s population are internet users, and due to its small geographical area, the country has an excellent broadband infrastructure with high speeds for everyone.
This year, Macau (the Portuguese colony in China) remained in third place without a significant increase in average network speed, indicating that the current infrastructure is saturated.
Iceland’s Rural Fiber project, which guarantees a minimum speed of 100 Mbps for 99.9% of the population, meant that the country has held on to its 4th place since last year.
Gibraltar, a small British colony in southern Spain, rounds out the top five.
All of these countries have similarities. Four out of five are in Western Europe, with Macau being the obvious exception. All of them are either small or island states. It’s much easier to deploy FTTP full-fiber broadband and 5G mobile internet in a smaller area for a smaller population. Although Iceland has a large territory.
However, if we exclude countries with a population of less than one million, everything falls into place. This infographic was prepared by Statista.
In this case, Taiwan ranks first in the world in terms of Internet speed with an average download speed of 153.51 Mbps, slightly ahead of second-place France (152.45 Mbps).
Taiwan topped this ranking last year as well. But then it had a much lower average speed of 135.88 Mbps. In 2022, Japan was in second place, and although the country also saw growth, the growth rate was much lower – only 2.37 Mbps. At the same time, countries in Europe and North America were moving faster.
The “slowest” countries
Five countries or territories in the world with the slowest network speeds:
Afghanistan (1.71 Mbps), Yemen (1.79 Mbps), Syria (2.30 Mbps), East Timor (2.50 Mbps), and Equatorial Guinea (2.70 Mbps).
Two of the bottom five are in Asia, two in the Middle East, and one in sub-Saharan Africa. All of these countries suffer from underdeveloped network infrastructure and low levels of digital service use among the population.
Ukraine was ranked in the CIS region, where the average speed was 22.92 Mbps. However, Asian countries with backward infrastructure are pulling us down. Russia is still the leader in the region with 57.95 Mbps, ranked 62nd. Ukraine is in second place – 38.13 Mbps, 101st place. The authors note that the speed “has decreased significantly this year for obvious reasons.” And this was “greatly facilitated” by the so-called “first country” that continues to wage a war of aggression on the territory of Ukraine. Next comes Belarus – 34.10 Mbps, 109th place.
The slowest countries in the region were Tajikistan (2.98 Mbps, 214th place), Turkmenistan (4.49 Mbps, 206th place) and Azerbaijan (10.20 Mbps, 171st place). Both Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are among the 20 slowest countries in the world. They have dragged the entire region down.
Let’s take the Baltic states as a goal to strive for. All three countries are in the top 50 and have an overall regional average of 80.09 Mbps. Lithuania showed the best results at 37th place in the overall standings with an average speed of 87.09 Mbps. This is followed by Lithuania (86.36 Mbps, 38th place) and Latvia (66.79 Mbps, 40th place).