Screenshot of an internet speed test on speedtest.net.
Type of site
Broadband internet speed test
Available in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch
Owner Ookla (Ziff Davis)
Slogan(s) "The Global Standard in Internet Metrics"
Website speedtest.net
Alexa rank 255 (April 2016)[1]
Registration Optional
Launched April 1, 2006 (2006-04-01)
Current status Active

Speedtest.net is a web service that provides free analysis of Internet access performance metrics, such as connection data rate and latency. It was founded by Ookla in 2006, and is based in Seattle, Washington.

The service measures the bandwidth (speed) and latency of a visitor's Internet connection against one of 4,759 geographically dispersed servers (as of August 2016) located around the world. Each test measures the data rate for the download direction, i.e. from the server to the user computer, and the upload data rate, i.e. from the user's computer to the server. The tests are performed within the user's web browser or within apps. As of 2016, over 9.0 billion speed tests have been completed.[2]

Tests were previously performed using the HTTP protocol at Layer 7 of the OSI model. To further improve accuracy, Speedtest.net now performs tests via direct TCP sockets and uses a custom protocol for communication between servers and clients.

The site also offers detailed statistics based on test results. This data has been used by numerous publications in the analysis of Internet access data rates around the world.[3][4][5]


The owner and operator of Speedtest.net, Ookla, was established in 2006 by a small team of internet and technology veterans. Ookla was acquired by Ziff Davis in 2014.[6]


The technology of Speedtest.net is identical to that of Ookla NetGauge which is provided to a wide variety of companies and organizations on a licensed basis.[7] Speedtest.net Mini is a free stripped-down version of the speed test technology used on Speedtest.net that users can run on their own web server. Together, over 20 million speed tests are generated each month using Ookla's software.[8]

Speedtest Market Reports

In 2016, Speedtest began releasing market reports for different countries and cities, providing raw statistics regarding download and upload speeds for the past year for ISPs and mobile carriers. It also includes analysis of the current ISP and mobile markets of the respective country and breakdowns by region and city. ISPs and mobile carriers are ranked by their geographic performance. As of now, only the United States has a report, though briefly a Canadian report was visible (since redacted).

Year Country Name (Alphabetical) Average ISP Download Average ISP Upload Average Mobile Download Average Mobile Upload Fastest ISP Download Fastest ISP Upload Fastest Carrier Download Fastest Carrier Upload
2016  United States[9] 54.97 Mbit/s 18.88 Mbit/s 19.61 Mbit/s 7.94 Mbit/s XFINITY (125.53 Mbit/s) Verizon FIOS (93.64 Mbit/s) Verizon Wireless & T-Mobile (21 Mbit/s) T-Mobile (11.59 Mbit/s)

Net Index Rankings

Net Index is no longer supported by Speedtest.net[10] and has been replaced by Speedtest Awards[11] and an enterprise product, Speedtest Intelligence.[12]

Top 11 Countries: Download Speed
Position Country Average
Download Speed[13]
1  Singapore 120.02 Mbit/s
2  Hong Kong 104.22 Mbit/s
3  Japan 81.39 Mbit/s
4  Romania 74.96 Mbit/s
5  Lithuania 63.22 Mbit/s
6  Sweden 59.82 Mbit/s
7  South Korea 59.19 Mbit/s
8  Saint Pierre and Miquelon 51.43 Mbit/s
9  Netherlands 50.97 Mbit/s
10  Macau 50.14 Mbit/s
11  Canada 33.06 Mbit/s
Top 11 Countries: Upload Speed
Position Country Average
Upload Speed[14]
1  Singapore 100.84 Mbit/s
2  Hong Kong 100.56 Mbit/s
3  Japan 66.29 Mbit/s
4  Lithuania 56.75 Mbit/s
5  South Korea 51.31 Mbit/s
6  Macau 47.29 Mbit/s
7  Romania 42.98 Mbit/s
8  Latvia 39.98 Mbit/s
9  Moldova 36.43 Mbit/s
10  Iceland 36.33 Mbit/s
11  Canada 26.82 Mbit/s

Speed Wave

The site offers a service by which groups of friends may compare results against each other and as a group average. Badges are also awarded for achievements such as Highest Download Speed and Lowest Latency.

Badges are awarded when either Highest Download or Lowest Ping will be.

My Results

The Ookla Speed Test also has a tool called “My Results” which lets you graphically compare your upload and download speeds as well as the different servers you have tested. Users who have been through many internet service providers, or that have more than one, may find value in this tool and could use it to choose the most efficient.[15]

See also


  1. "Speedtest.net Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2016-04-01.
  2. See tests completed on page.
  3. "Broadband speeds around the world". BBC News. December 2, 2007. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  4. Greenop, Matt (July 27, 2007). "The truth about Kiwi broadband". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  5. Lane, Terry (June 24, 2007). "Hey Telstra, forget about broadband". The Age. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  6. "Ziff Davis Acquires Ookla... (NASDAQ:JCOM)". Retrieved 2016-05-28.
  7. "NetMetrics from Ookla - Internet performance database". ookla.com.
  8. "Ookla - About". ookla.com.
  9. "United States Speedtest Market Report". Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  10. "Net Index Replacements". Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  11. "Speedtest Awards". Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  12. "Speedtest Intelligence" (PDF). Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  13. "Download Speed by Country - Net Index from Ookla". netindex.com.
  14. "Net Index by Ookla - Household Upload Index - All Countries". Ookla. Nov 24, 1014 – May 26, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  15. "Internet Speed test by Ookla". inforocked.com. March 25, 2015. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
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