The countries with the fastest internet in the world have been announced for the year. Read our insights and browse the rankings below
Iceland has the fastest internet in the world, followed by Liechtenstein, Andorra, Taiwan and Luxembourg. The USA is ranked eighth and the UK is in 27th place. Turkmenistan has the world’s slowest internet.
Internet comparison site Cable has ranked the countries with the fastest broadband internet in the world based on over 1.1 billion speed tests across 220 countries and territories.
It is the fourth year of the assessment and the latest ranking uses data collected in the 12 months up to 30th June 2022 to evaluate internet speed by country.
If you’re one of the millions of people working in a remote job or pursuing a career as a digital nomad, then internet speed is one of the important factors in your choice of destination.
10 Countries with the fastest internet
Iceland has the fastest broadband in the world with an average speed of 216.56Mbps. It would take just over three minutes to download a 5GB movie. Many would argue that having the fastest internet, means having the best internet in the world.
10 Countries with the slowest internet
Turkmenistan has the slowest broadband in the world with an average speed of just 0.77Mbps. It would take over 14 hours to download a 5GB movie.
- Guinea Bissau
- Equatorial Guinea
“The fastest average speeds in the world are no longer accelerating away from the rest of the field, since FTTP/pure fibre saturation is hitting its current limits in many of the fastest locations. Meanwhile, though the countries occupying the bottom end of the table still suffer from extremely poor speeds, the average speed of the bottom 10% is steadily improving, though don’t expect to be streaming HD movies in those countries anytime soon.”– Dan Howdle, Cable
- The global average broadband internet speed is 32.13Mbps (megabits per second).
- Iceland has the fastest broadband in the world with an average speed of 216.56Mbps.
- Turkmenistan has the slowest broadband in the world with an average speed of just 0.77Mbps.
- It would take over 14 hours to download a 5GB movie file in Turkmenistan while someone in Iceland could do it in just over three minutes.
- 31 of the 50 fastest countries are located in Europe, with seven in Asia, five in North America, three in South America, two in Oceania, one in Africa and one in the Middle East.
- By contrast, 30 of the 50 slowest-performing countries are located in Africa.
- 67 countries or territories have average speeds below 10Mbps, a speed deemed by UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom to be the minimum required to cope with the demands of a typical family or small business.
The internet is getting faster, but…
The average global internet speed is getting faster with the global average increasing by around 15% to 34.79Mbps.
However, it is worth noting that the countries contributing the most to this rise are those in developed nations that have established infrastructure and can therefore roll out the latest technology available.
Comparatively, there is far less development – and therefore less change in availability, rollout and uptake of faster infrastructure – in the bottom half of the ranking compared with the top half.
Generally speaking, the countries with the fastest internet speeds are likely to be smaller and more developed. The larger and less developed a nation is, the slower the internet will likely be.
When it comes to the size of a nation, it is generally much easier to roll out FTTP full fibre broadband and 5G mobile internet to a smaller population and/or across a smaller area.
Region by region
Unsurprisingly, Europe has the world’s highest concentration of countries with the fastest internet. Six of the top 10 countries with the fastest internet are in Europe. Iceland has the fastest broadband in Europe and the world an average speed of 216.56Mbps.
Liechtenstein, Andorra, Luxembourg and France are not too far behind. The UK is in 27th place with an average speed of 72.06Mbps.
In Asia, Taiwan (4) Japan (6), Singapore (9) and Hong Kong (15) have the fastest broadband speeds with South Korea in 23rd place.
The US (8) has the fastest broadband in the Americas with an average speed of 118.01Mbps. Canada (14) is the region’s second-fastest with Chile (21) and Uruguay (33) in third and fourth respectively. Cuba (174) has the slowest internet in the Americas.
Africa is some distance behind the rest of the world when it comes to broadband provision. 30 of the 50 slowest countries in the world are located in Africa. Rwanda (38) has the fastest internet in Africa followed by South Africa (68), Madagascar (87) and Nigeria (97).
“Europe absolutely dominates the leaderboard once again thanks to largely excellent infrastructure. In all cases, those countries ranking highest are those with a strong focus on pure fibre (FTTP) networks, with those countries dawdling too much on FTTC and ADSL solutions slipping further down year-on-year. There is also a strong correlation between the size of the geographical area in question and the speed offered, with smaller countries/locations easier to service and upgrade and therefore often offering faster average speeds.“– Dan Howdle, Cable
Countries with the fastest internet in Europe
Countries with the fastest internet in Asia
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
Countries with the fastest internet in Africa
- South Africa
- Burkina Faso
Countries with the fastest internet in the Americas
- Trinidad and Tobago
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The table below ranks countries by their average download speed in megabits per second (Mbps).
Some countries and territories have been excluded due to insufficient sample size.
|59||Trinidad & Tobago||35.79|
|67||Saint Vincent & the Grenadines||30.03|
|91||Saint Kitts & Nevis||17.55|
|95||Antigua & Barbuda||15.99|
|141||Bosnia & Herzegovina||8.16|
|143||Papua New Guinea||7.55|
|177||São Tomé & Príncipe||2.81|
The full Worldwide Broadband Speed League from Cable can be downloaded here.
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