Internet Speeds by Country and Region

Asian and European nations performing well; Americas and Africa still slow.

Introduction

  • US ranks 23rd, up from 29th in 2019; UK now 31st, down from 25th; Germany 27th, up from 30th; Hong Kong rises to 3rd from 7th
  • 90% of countries saw faster broadband in 2020. 57% saw speeds go up by half; speeds doubled for 23% of nations
  • World internet speeds up 66% YoY, from 16.31mbps in 2019 to 27.10mbps in 2020

The world has followed America's trend in 2020, with median speeds overall up by two thirds from 16.31mbps to 27.10 measured over 2020 and compared against broadband speed data in 2019.

Jersey heads up our 2020 league table with a median speed of 199.15mbps, followed by Denmark, Hong Kong, Switzerland and Andorra. Bermuda, Luxembourg, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Barbados at 60.25mbps. The large spread in mbps between first and 10th places (199.15mbps to 60.25mbps) indicates that there is still a lot of work to do before the majority of consumers worldwide are experiencing high-speed internet.

 

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Published: December 21st 2020

Updated: December 21st 2020

Internet Speed by Country

  • US has 4% slower internet than Puerto Rico, the USA ranking 23rd with 33.16mbps, and Puerto Rico 21st with 34.44 mbps.
  • The UK is only the 21st fastest country in Europe, with internet 10% slower than the European median of 30.15mbps
  • Jersey has the fastest internet speeds in 2020, rising 216% to 199.15mbps from 2019's 62.93mbps
2020 has been the year of vastly improved internet speeds for users worldwide. Only 10% of countries have seen a fall in broadband performance over the previous year, and median speeds have gone up by over 100% for 32 countries. Of the remaining countries, internet speeds were over 50% faster in 49 countries when comparing 2020 to 2019.
RankCountryRegion2020 Mbps2019 Mbpsvs. 2020
1JerseyNorthern Europe199.15
62.93216.46%
2DenmarkNorthern Europe123.96
75.6063.97%
3Hong KongEastern Asia115.98
51.83123.77%
4SwitzerlandWestern Europe110.77
64.6771.28%
5AndorraSouthern Europe104.68
96.128.91%
6BermudaNorthern America102.77
10.09918.53%
7LuxembourgWestern Europe92.76
58.6058.29%
8SwedenNorthern Europe75.54
53.0042.53%
9NetherlandsWestern Europe70.32
42.9963.57%
10BarbadosLatin America and the Caribbean60.25
12.90367.05%
11IcelandNorthern Europe58.29
20.05190.72%
12FinlandNorthern Europe57.78
41.3939.60%
13BelgiumWestern Europe47.24
31.0352.24%
14MaltaSouthern Europe44.59
25.7473.23%
15MonacoWestern Europe42.71
27.3556.16%
16NorwayNorthern Europe41.66
26.3358.22%
17HungaryEastern Europe40.79
20.36100.34%
18New ZealandAustralia and New Zealand39.86
20.0698.70%
19SingaporeSouth-eastern Asia38.33
27.1041.44%
20SloveniaSouthern Europe35.04
26.3433.03%
21Puerto RicoLatin America and the Caribbean34.44
14.57136.38%
22RomaniaEastern Europe33.49
16.53102.60%
23United States of AmericaNorthern America33.16
17.3491.23%
24Cayman IslandsLatin America and the Caribbean32.37
25.0929.02%
25JapanEastern Asia31.70
20.9951.02%
26LatviaNorthern Europe31.38
35.18-10.80%
27GermanyWestern Europe29.64
17.0473.94%
28LithuaniaNorthern Europe28.38
24.9113.93%
29South KoreaEastern Asia27.78
10.29169.97%
30EstoniaNorthern Europe27.26
23.2117.45%
31United KingdomNorthern Europe27.23
19.7238.08%
32SlovakiaEastern Europe27.03
18.0050.17%
33PolandEastern Europe26.18
17.6848.08%
34AustraliaAustralia and New Zealand25.44
15.5963.18%
35PortugalSouthern Europe24.75
15.6458.25%
36ThailandSouth-eastern Asia24.39
15.7355.05%
37IsraelWestern Asia24.04
10.77123.21%
38QatarWestern Asia23.63
9.92138.21%
39SpainSouthern Europe23.41
13.5572.77%
40IrelandNorthern Europe23.36
13.9966.98%
41FranceWestern Europe23.01
13.5370.07%
42AustriaWestern Europe22.03
15.3543.52%
43MontenegroSouthern Europe21.43
9.84117.78%
44CzechiaEastern Europe20.87
14.6642.36%
45BulgariaEastern Europe20.74
13.4753.97%
46El SalvadorLatin America and the Caribbean19.85
3.12536.22%
47CroatiaSouthern Europe19.82
13.5446.38%
48UruguayLatin America and the Caribbean19.59
12.8152.93%
49MacaoEastern Asia19.27
8.31131.89%
50TaiwanEastern Asia19.26
23.41-17.73%
51BahamasLatin America and the Caribbean18.90
7.87140.15%
52Trinidad and TobagoLatin America and the Caribbean18.87
7.96137.06%
53CuraçaoLatin America and the Caribbean18.76
10.6476.32%
54CanadaNorthern America18.69
14.2431.25%
55PanamaLatin America and the Caribbean18.21
10.5073.43%
56Virgin IslandsLatin America and the Caribbean16.48
19.66-16.17%
57RéunionSub-Saharan Africa15.90
8.0298.25%
58MalaysiaSouth-eastern Asia15.84
15.442.59%
59SerbiaSouthern Europe15.62
11.5435.36%
60GreeceSouthern Europe15.16
10.0650.70%
61RussiaEastern Europe14.81
10.5340.65%
62CambodiaSouth-eastern Asia14.76
2.41512.45%
63United Arab EmiratesWestern Asia14.65
12.2719.40%
64BelizeLatin America and the Caribbean13.47
10.3430.27%
65Costa RicaLatin America and the Caribbean13.10
6.06116.17%
66GuamMicronesia12.85
2.18489.45%
67ItalySouthern Europe12.71
8.9442.17%
68BahrainWestern Asia12.50
6.5291.72%
69Isle of ManNorthern Europe12.44
8.0654.34%
70MoldovaEastern Europe11.98
10.1817.68%
71CyprusWestern Asia11.57
5.68103.70%
72Viet NamSouth-eastern Asia11.46
6.3480.76%
73Bosnia and HerzegovinaSouthern Europe11.26
5.9987.98%
74UkraineEastern Europe11.21
6.2679.07%
75BelarusEastern Europe10.36
8.6919.22%
76GuadeloupeLatin America and the Caribbean8.92
5.1174.56%
77South AfricaSub-Saharan Africa8.24
5.0164.47%
78ChileLatin America and the Caribbean8.07
4.8865.37%
79MexicoLatin America and the Caribbean7.91
5.2750.09%
80GeorgiaWestern Asia7.84
5.9831.10%
81AlbaniaSouthern Europe7.81
5.6238.97%
82MadagascarSub-Saharan Africa7.80
8.43-7.47%
83BrazilLatin America and the Caribbean7.70
2.88167.36%
84IndiaSouthern Asia7.53
5.8828.06%
85JordanWestern Asia7.27
4.4663.00%
86TurkeyWestern Asia7.10
4.9044.90%
87Saudi ArabiaWestern Asia6.93
4.0471.53%
88JamaicaLatin America and the Caribbean6.89
4.2661.74%
89North MacedoniaSouthern Europe6.73
5.1730.17%
90TunisiaNorthern Africa6.52
4.3649.54%
91MauritiusSub-Saharan Africa6.15
5.4912.02%
92ArmeniaWestern Asia5.91
3.9549.62%
93ChinaEastern Asia5.56
2.9389.76%
94PhilippinesSouth-eastern Asia5.52
3.3863.31%
95KuwaitWestern Asia5.33
4.996.81%
96Dominican RepublicLatin America and the Caribbean5.22
2.6398.48%
97ParaguayLatin America and the Caribbean5.04
3.4645.66%
98KyrgyzstanCentral Asia4.90
1.92155.21%
99IndonesiaSouth-eastern Asia4.90
3.6633.88%
100OmanWestern Asia4.85
4.2414.39%
101Sri LankaSouthern Asia4.81
5.45-11.74%
102PeruLatin America and the Caribbean4.74
3.3043.64%
103MyanmarSouth-eastern Asia4.61
3.3537.61%
104TanzaniaSub-Saharan Africa4.50
1.14294.74%
105EcuadorLatin America and the Caribbean4.40
2.5473.23%
106MoroccoNorthern Africa4.16
3.809.47%
107BoliviaLatin America and the Caribbean3.94
2.0691.26%
108GuatemalaLatin America and the Caribbean3.88
2.2870.18%
109NicaraguaLatin America and the Caribbean3.79
1.68125.60%
110AzerbaijanWestern Asia3.56
1.47142.18%
111HaitiLatin America and the Caribbean3.54
2.8723.34%
112EgyptNorthern Africa3.39
1.51124.50%
113PalestineWestern Asia3.39
1.58114.56%
114KenyaSub-Saharan Africa3.29
4.26-22.77%
115KazakhstanCentral Asia2.95
2.2034.09%
116GhanaSub-Saharan Africa2.93
1.46100.68%
117GuyanaLatin America and the Caribbean2.88
1.7663.64%
118IraqWestern Asia2.88
1.32118.18%
119IranSouthern Asia2.81
1.5976.73%
120SenegalSub-Saharan Africa2.76
2.90-4.83%
121ArgentinaLatin America and the Caribbean2.74
1.3898.55%
122HondurasLatin America and the Caribbean2.64
2.438.64%
123UgandaSub-Saharan Africa2.60
1.07142.99%
124NepalSouthern Asia2.34
2.320.86%
125MozambiqueSub-Saharan Africa2.29
0.76201.32%
126ColombiaLatin America and the Caribbean2.29
1.7332.37%
127NigeriaSub-Saharan Africa1.99
1.2065.83%
128UzbekistanCentral Asia1.56
1.1338.05%
129SomaliaSub-Saharan Africa1.34
0.61119.67%
130PakistanSouthern Asia1.33
0.8654.65%
131NamibiaSub-Saharan Africa1.32
1.72-23.26%
132BangladeshSouthern Asia1.32
1.44-8.33%
133MaldivesSouthern Asia1.24
0.7272.22%
134CameroonSub-Saharan Africa1.21
1.0911.01%
135LibyaNorthern Africa1.20
1.86-35.48%
136AngolaSub-Saharan Africa1.04
2.24-53.57%
137LebanonWestern Asia0.99
0.8023.75%
138AlgeriaNorthern Africa0.98
1.07-8.41%
139Côte d'IvoireSub-Saharan Africa0.92
1.87-50.80%
140EthiopiaSub-Saharan Africa0.50
0.3447.06%
141AfghanistanSouthern Asia0.37
0.41-9.76%
142YemenWestern Asia0.36
0.2924.14%

Internet Speed by Worldwide Region

  • Europe fastest region in the world with a median internet speed of 30.15mbp
  • Oceana and Americas second and third respectiveily, though less than 0.5% difference in their speeds
  • African internet speeds low; European internet connections were over 455% faster in 2020
Worldwide internet speeds by region

Broadband Performance by Worldwide Subregion

  • Northern and Western Europe fastest subregions in the world
  • North America 4th with a median speed of 31.73mbps, behind Eastern Asia, but ahead of Austrlia and New Zealand on 27.94mbps
  • The worst internet speeds are found in North Africa and Central Asia
Northern Europe performed strongly in 2020, with a median internet speed of 40.40mbps, 27% faster than North America, and 13% ahead of its nearest neighbors in Western Europe. Unsurprisingly, the poorest performing parts of Europe were the Southern European nations. As we can see in the regional breakdowns, Italy stands out for its surprisingly bad internet performance, with a 2020 median speed of 12.71mbps.
Worldwide internet speeds by subregion

European Internet Speeds by Country

  • The United Kingdom not looking good for post-Brexit internet performance, its median speed of 27.23mbps is nearly 10% slower than the European median of 30.15mbps, and is poor compared to major European nations.
  • Only 4 European nations have a median internet speed above 100mbps: Jersey; Denmark; Switzerland; and Andorra
  • 20 countries have a median speed below Netflix's 25mbps requirement for Ultra HD streaming.
The good news for streamers is that every European country has a median internet speed above 5.0mbps, Netflix's minimum requirement for HD quality streaming. 23 nations have median speeds above 25mbps, which will let users watch Netflix shows in full 4k, Ultra HD quality.
European broadband performance by country
Rank in EuropeCountry2020 Mbpsvs. European Median
1Jersey199.15
560.53%
2Denmark123.96
311.14%
3Switzerland110.77
267.40%
4Andorra104.68
247.20%
5Luxembourg92.76
207.66%
6Sweden75.54
150.55%
7Netherlands70.32
133.23%
8Iceland58.29
93.33%
9Finland57.78
91.64%
10Belgium47.24
56.68%
11Malta44.59
47.89%
12Monaco42.71
41.66%
13Norway41.66
38.18%
14Hungary40.79
35.29%
15Slovenia35.04
16.22%
16Romania33.49
11.08%
17Latvia31.38
4.08%
18Germany29.64
-1.69%
19Lithuania28.38
-5.87%
20Estonia27.26
-9.59%
21United Kingdom27.23
-9.68%
22Slovakia27.03
-10.35%
23Poland26.18
-13.17%
24Portugal24.75
-17.91%
25Spain23.41
-22.35%
26Ireland23.36
-22.52%
27France23.01
-23.68%
28Austria22.03
-26.93%
29Montenegro21.43
-28.92%
30Czechia20.87
-30.78%
31Bulgaria20.74
-31.21%
32Croatia19.82
-34.26%
33Serbia15.62
-48.19%
34Greece15.16
-49.72%
35Russia14.81
-50.88%
36Italy12.71
-57.84%
37Isle of Man12.44
-58.74%
38Moldova11.98
-60.27%
39Bosnia and Herzegovina11.26
-62.65%
40Ukraine11.21
-62.82%
41Belarus10.36
-65.64%
42Albania7.81
-74.10%
43North Macedonia6.73
-77.68%

Internet Speeds in Northern Europe

  • Jersey - a British Crown dependency - is the outlier, 61% faster than Denmark, and 216% faster than in 2019
  • The UK's broadband performance - only 22% as fast as Denmark - makes it nearly the slowest country in Northern Europe. The UK's annual speed increase of 38% is disappointing.
  • Ireland also worryingly slow, though rural landscape likely a contributing factor, and a 2019-2020 increase of 69% is welcome news
Northern Europe broadband performance

Western Europe Broadband Speeds

  • Big increases YoY for Sweden (53%) and the Netherlands (43%)
  • While France's median internet speed is still low at 23.01mbps, its 2019-2020 increase of 70% is notable
  • Austria, in a similar position, also saw a good year-on-year rise of 44%
Western Europe broadband performance

Eastern Asia Internet Performance

  • Hong Kong 124% faster in 2020 than 2019, now 3rd fastest country in the world
  • Japan holding steady with a median internet speed of 31.70mbps, 51% faster than 2019
  • China's low position likely due to a lack of measurement servers in mainland China
East Asia internet performance

North America Internet Speeds

  • United States over 90% faster in 2020
  • Canada dropped from 39th fastest in 2019 to 54th fastest in 2020
  • Despite the drop, Canada's speeds are 31% faster in 2020
North America internet speeds

Internet Speeds in Eastern Europe

  • Hungary and Romania 100% and 102% faster in 2020, respectively
  • Poland's internet speeds lost pace in 2020, rising 48% but falling 5 places in world rankings, from 28th to 33rd
  • While Russia's internet performance looks slow, it has increase by 41% since 2019
Eastern European internet speeds

Broadband Performance in Southern Europe

  • Italy continues its record for poor performance, dropping to 67th from 60th in 2019
  • Montenegro a surprise winner, increasing its internet speeds by 118% from 2019-2020
  • Spain is getting faster, its median speed of 23.41mbps now 73% faster than in 2019
Southern European broadband performance

Internet Performance in Western Asia

  • Israel is the fastest country in Western Asia with a median internet speed of 24.04mbps, a year-on-year rise of 123%
  • Qatar also doing well, rising 138% to 23.63mbps and up from position 58 to 38th.
  • Very low speeds seen in some West Asian countries; even with Azerbaijan's 142% rise, their median broadband speed is still just 3.56mbps
Western Asia internet performance

Broadband Speeds in South-Eastern Asia

  • Philippines still has poor performance, despite its heavy remote-working population, with a median speed of 5.52mbps
  • Cambodia doing well, though its 512% rise possibly due to a lack of data, only 8,990 tests performed in 2020
  • Thailand a success story, 55% faster internet speeds in 2020, a median speed of 24.39mbps, and up against strong competition in position 36
South-Eastern Asia internet speeds

Latin America & The Caribbean Internet Performance

  • Barbados has a massive 367% speed increase, though with only 13,000 tests performed in 2020, this may be due to limited data
  • Puerto Rico - with 120,000 tests - grew its speeds impressively to 34.44mbps (an increase of 136.38%), and rising 17 places to 21st
  • Notable that Latin American countries are distinctly slower than most Caribbean nations
Latin American and The Caribbean: internet performance

Southern Asia Broadband Speeds

  • While Southern Asia's internet speeds are relatively low, they are increasing in line with the rest of the world
  • India has shown a good increase of 28% over 2019 to 2020, although its median internet speed of 7.53mbps still has some way to come
  • Similarly, Pakistan's low speed of 1.33mbps is still 55% faster than the 0.86mbps recorded in 2019
Southern Asia broadband speeds

Internet Speeds in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • South Africa's median internet speed is now at 8.24mbps, a rise of 64% on 2019's median speed of 5.01mbps
  • Tanzania saw a great improvement, rising 295% from 1.14mbps in 2019 to 4.50mbps in 2020
  • Mozambique's 2020 broadband performance is also noticeable, rising from 0.76mbps in 2019 up to 2.29mbps in 2020, a rise of over 200%
Internet Speeds in Sub-Saharan Africa

Methodology & Data

We analyzed the Web100, NDT5, and NDT7 datasets from Measurement Lab - excluding "noisy" results, including those from Cellular connections via MaxMind's Connection Type database, and results slower than 10kbps - using Google BigQuery, creating a custom set of speed test data broken down by region, country and city, covering the years 2019 and 2020.

Counties with fewer that 5,000 tests/year were excluded from our rankings; we consider 5,000 tests/yeat to be a low bar for country statistics to cross, and that any counties with fewer tests could not be reliably ranked.

The custom dataset was imported into Microsoft SQL Server for rapid-access querying, and the resulting graphs used on this page were created in DataGraph.