Ookla has recently launched Global Speed, a tool that basically lets people check their country’s web connection speeds (or any nation’s for that matter). In more ways than one, the company’s new Global Speed tool is a more refined version of the Speedtest Global Index it had introduced back in August earlier this year.
With the use of Ookla’s tools, one can see that Internet speeds across the globe continue to increase this year. Ookla’s data shows that wired and mobile connection speeds have improved over 30 percent year over year. The average worldwide download speed on a broadband connection is now at 40 mbps, while the average speed on a mobile connection has risen to 20 mbps.
According to new information from Ookla, the increase in global connection speeds can be attributed to various network enhancements introduced in many countries, most particularly Norway, Australia, and India. India had a pretty good year, recording a whopping 77 percent improvement in its broadband speeds, despite the fact that at an average broadband speed of 18.2 mbps, it still ranks outside the top 70 countries in the world.
Speaking of which, it is worth taking a look at the countries which have fared best in terms of Internet speeds. Not surprisingly, Singapore remains the leader when it comes to broadband download speeds, with the other top five spots claimed by Iceland, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Romania. In terms of mobile download speeds, the top countries are Norway, the Netherlands, Iceland, Singapore, and Malta.
Interestingly, the United States failed to crack the top 40 rankings for broadband download speeds -- it placed 45th in the world. It certainly did better when it came to mobile download speeds, landing at number 12. As for the United Kingdom, it claimed the 44th and 26th spots in broadband download speeds and mobile download speeds, respectively.
As mentioned earlier, mobile download speeds across the globe have improved 30.1 percent compared to last year. Mobile upload speeds have also recorded growth of 38.9 percent. Ookla’s data also indicates that fixed broadband download speeds have risen 31.6 percent, while broadband upload speeds have increased 25.9 percent.
Ookla also took the opportunity to point out that last month, 119 countries have reached higher mobile download speeds than the worldwide average of 20.28 mbps, while 134 countries were slower than that speed. For broadband download speeds, 71 countries were faster than the worldwide average, while 185 countries were slower.
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