Countries with the fastest internet in the world

The countries with the fastest internet in the world have been announced for 2019. Read our insights from the study and browse the rankings below

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.

Internet comparison site Cable has ranked the countries with the fastest broadband internet in the world based on over 267 million speed tests across 207 countries or territories.

It is the third year of the assessment and the latest ranking uses data collected in the 12 months up to 8th May 2019.

10 Countries with the fastest internet

Taiwan has the fastest broadband in the world with an average speed of 85.02Mbps.

1. Taiwan
2. Singapore
3. Jersey
4. Sweden
5. Denmark
6. Japan
7. Luxembourg
8. Netherlands
9. Switzerland
10. San Marino

10 Countries with the slowest internet

Yemen has the slowest broadband in the world with an average speed of just 0.38Mbps.

198. Djibouti
199. São Tomé & Prín.
200. Somalia
201. Ethiopia
202. Niger
203. Turkmenistan
204. Mauritania
205. Equatorial Guinea
206. Timor-Leste
207. Yemen

“With average broadband speeds rising by 20.65% in the last year the global picture looks rosy. But the truth is faster countries are the ones lifting the average, pulling away at speed and leaving the slowest to stagnate. Last year, we measured the slowest five countries at 88 times slower than the five fastest. This year they are 125 times slower.”

Dan Howdle, Cable

Key headlines

  • The global average broadband internet speed is 11.03Mbps (megabits per second).
  • Taiwan has the fastest broadband in the world overtaking Singapore with an average speed of 85.02Mbps.
  • Yemen has the slowest broadband in the world with an average speed of just 0.38Mbps.
  • It would take over 30 hours to download a 5GB movie file in Yemen while someone in Taiwan could do it in eight minutes.
  • The five countries with the fastest internet have download speeds around 125 times faster than the five slowest.
  • 37 of the 50 fastest countries are located in Europe, with 10 in Asia or Oceania (Asia-Pacific), two in North America and just one in Africa.
  • 141 countries 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. The previous year produced a global average internet speed of 9.1Mbps. This year, the global average is 11.03Mbps – a rise of 20.65% (1.93Mbps).

However, it is worth noting that the countries contributing the most to this rise are those in developed nations which already have established infrastructure and can therefore roll out the latest technology available.

Comparatively, there is little development – and therefore little 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.

Region by region

Unsurprisingly, Europe has the world’s highest concentration of countries with the fastest internet. Jersey is Europe’s fastest jurisdiction, offering an average speed of 67.46Mbps. Sweden is Europe’s fastest country with an average speed of 55.18Mbps.

Denmark (5) and Luxembourg (7) are not far behind with average speeds of 43.99 and 40.12Mbps respectively. Of the 54 territories measured in Europe, only Turkey (102) and Armenia (110) are outside the top 100.

The UK is in 34th place, up one place and 3.8MBps faster than last year with an average speed of 22.37Mbps.

countries with the fastest internet in the world map
Atlas & Boots Countries are colour-coded by their average broadband speed

The majority of the quickest countries are clustered around Europe with most of the slowest countries in Africa.

The Asia-Pacific region is a more mixed bag with some of the fastest territories in the world – Taiwan (1) Singapore (2), Japan (6), New Zealand (17) and Hong Kong (19) – and some of the slowest: Timor-Leste (206), Turkmenistan (203), Tajikistan (192) and Afghanistan (184).

The US (15) has the fastest broadband in the Americas with an average speed of 32.89Mbps. Generally, Latin American countries are at the slower end of the regional scale. The Cayman Islands has the region’s fastest internet with an average speed of 16.12Mbps. Venezuela (183) has the slowest speeds in the Americas with an average speed of just 1.37Mbps.

“Europe and parts of Asia are dominating 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.”

Dan Howdle, Cable

Of the slowest countries for broadband, 12 are in the Arab States, 10 are in Asia & Pacific and three are in Latin America. Only UAE (67) and Bahrain (94) of the Arab States are not in the bottom 100.

Africa is some distance behind the rest of the world when it comes to broadband provision with 25 of the 50 slowest-performing countries in Africa. Madagascar is the fastest African nation in 33rd place with an average speed of 22.57Mbps.

Complete rankings

Sort the table below to view countries ranked by their average download speed in megabits per second (Mbps) and the typical download time (DT) for a 5GB movie. The ranking also includes changes from the previous year.

Some countries and territories have been excluded due to insufficient sample sizes.

RankCountryMbps5GB DT± 2018
1Taiwan85.0200h 08m13
2Singapore70.8600h 09m-1
3Jersey67.4600h 10m7
4Sweden55.1800h 12m-2
5Denmark49.1900h 13m-2
6Japan42.7700h 15m6
7Luxembourg41.6900h 16m1
8Netherlands40.2100h 16m-1
9Switzerland38.8500h 17m2
10San Marino38.7300h 17mN/A
11Norway38.4600h 17m-7
12Andorra38.3100h 17m6
13Spain36.0600h 18m3
14Belgium35.6900h 19m-8
15United States32.8900h 20m5
16Latvia32.7400h 20m-3
17New Zealand32.7200h 20m9
18Estonia31.5500h 21m-3
19Hong Kong31.3700h 21m0
20Hungary31.1000h 21m-11
21Lithuania30.6600h 22m-4
22France30.4400h 22m1
23Slovakia29.4500h 23m-2
24Finland29.3400h 23m0
25Canada28.7600h 23m8
26Slovenia27.8300h 24m2
27Germany24.6400h 27m-2
28Poland24.3800h 28m4
29Ireland23.8700h 28m7
30Malaysia23.8600h 28m18
31Czechia23.2700h 29m-4
32Portugal22.7500h 30m-3
33Madagascar22.5700h 30m-11
34United Kingdom22.3700h 30m1
35Iceland22.1300h 30m-1
36Liechtenstein22.0400h 30m1
37Romania21.8000h 31m-32
38Gibraltar20.2700h 33m6
39Monaco20.2000h 33m21
40Austria19.3300h 35m-2
41Macao19.1900h 35m0
42Rep. of Korea19.1800h 35m-12
43Serbia19.1700h 35m7
44Guernsey18.2600h 37m10
45Thailand18.2100h 37m-5
46Malta18.1600h 37m0
47Italy17.3000h 39m-4
48Croatia17.2200h 39m-6
49Bulgaria16.9500h 40m-18
50Australia16.3600h 41m2
51Cayman Isl.16.1200h 42m4
52Barbados16.0300h 42m-13
53Aruba15.1500h 45m-4
54Russia14.8900h 45m-7
55Bermuda13.5500h 50m12
56Greece13.4100h 50m1
57Belarus13.1900h 51m9
58Trinidad & Tobago12.9000h 52m-2
59Kosovo12.0700h 56m-6
60Rep. of Moldova11.5600h 59m-15
61U.S. Virgin Isl.11.4500h 59m0
62Bahamas11.1301h 01m3
63Isle of Man11.0401h 01m-1
64Cyprus11.0001h 02m-5
65Faroe Islands10.2101h 06m-2
66Réunion10.0201h 08m76
67UAE9.6201h 10m30
68Dominica9.4801h 12m19
69Uruguay9.1601h 14m9
70Montenegro9.1001h 14m4
71Jamaica9.0801h 15m-2
72Israel8.8501h 17m-2
73Turks & Caicos Isl.8.7801h 17m-22
74India8.6601h 18m14
75South AFR8.4001h 21m1
76Panama8.0901h 24m-4
77Puerto Rico8.0001h 25m-4
78North Macedonia7.9701h 25m-10
79Bonaire7.9201h 26mN/A
80British Virgin Isl.7.7501h 28m14
81Ukraine7.7201h 28m-23
82Sri Lanka7.6701h 28m-1
83Curaçao7.6401h 29m-3
84Kenya7.6201h 29m-20
85Albania7.6101h 29m1
86Bosnia & Herz.7.5301h 30m-15
87Martinique7.2301h 34m-3
88Georgia7.1401h 35m-11
89Vietnam7.0201h 37m-14
90Belize6.8001h 40m18
91Guadeloupe6.7201h 41m8
92Indonesia6.6501h 42m-9
93Greenland6.5101h 44mN/A
94Bahrain6.2401h 49m-4
95St Kitts & Nevis6.1601h 50m-16
96Saint Lucia6.0801h 52m23
97Philippines6.0501h 52m-8
98Mexico6.0201h 53m-13
99Antigua & Barbuda5.9101h 55m10
100Morocco5.4802h 04m5
101Qatar5.3502h 07m10
102Turkey5.2702h 09m-11
103Saudi Arabia5.2702h 09m1
104Jordan5.2002h 11m-2
105Sint Maarten5.1302h 13m-12
106Grenada5.0702h 14m31
107Oman5.0702h 14m3
108Mauritius5.0202h 16m31
109Myanmar4.8702h 20m-9
110Armenia4.8502h 20m-3
111Brazil4.8402h 21m22
112Brunei4.7802h 22m-11
113Kazakhstan4.6602h 26m-18
114Tunisia4.6402h 27m-2
115Fiji4.6202h 27m12
116Anguilla4.5902h 28mN/A
117Costa Rica4.5202h 31m-11
118Iran4.3902h 35m27
119New Caledonia4.3402h 37m-2
120Saint Barthélemy4.1202h 45mN/A
121Dominican Rep.4.0902h 47m-25
122Cambodia4.0302h 49m-19
123Saint Martin3.9802h 51mN/A
124Chile3.8902h 55m-32
125Kuwait3.8802h 55m0
126St Vincent & the Gren.3.8102h 59m6
127Guam3.7303h 02m-3
128Nepal3.6203h 08m16
129Paraguay3.5503h 12m26
130Guyana3.4903h 15m-2
131Colombia3.4803h 16m-17
132Ecuador3.4603h 17m-6
133Suriname3.4003h 20m3
134Namibia3.3903h 21m-3
135Rwanda3.3403h 24m-5
136Cabo Verde3.3103h 26m-21
137Guatemala3.2203h 32m-19
138Uganda3.2203h 32m2
139Ghana3.2003h 33m-19
140Zambia3.1303h 37m6
141Azerbaijan3.1003h 39m-6
142Burundi3.0303h 45m-8
143Haiti2.9403h 51m-5
144El Salvador2.9303h 52m-21
145Seychelles2.9303h 53m11
146Laos2.9203h 53m-48
147Peru2.8603h 58m-34
148Honduras2.8404h 00m-26
149Argentina2.8304h 01m-33
150Zimbabwe2.7304h 09m-29
151Bangladesh2.7204h 11m-3
152China2.6904h 13m-11
153Comoros2.5404h 28mN/A
154Nicaragua2.5404h 28m-25
155Kyrgyzstan2.504h 33m8
156Papua New Guinea2.4704h 36m-6
157Tanzania2.3404h 51m-8
158French Guiana2.2605h 01m-15
159Senegal2.2505h 03m10
160Mozambique2.1605h 16m-7
161Liberia2.1105h 23m-3
162Mongolia2.1005h 24m-1
163Togo1.9605h 48m10
164Sudan1.9305h 53m-2
165Botswana1.9205h 56m-1
166Libya1.8806h 03m1
167Lebanon1.8406h 11m-7
168Ivory Coast1.8306h 12m-11
169Palestine1.8306h 13m-15
170Maldives1.8106h 16m-23
171Bolivia1.7306h 33m-20
172Cuba1.6606h 51m-90
173Egypt1.6207h 01m-3
174Malawi1.5907h 10m5
175Mali1.5607h 17m12
176Nigeria1.5607h 18m-24
177French Polynesia1.5107h 31m-9
178eSwatini (Swaziland)1.4507h 51m-4
179Pakistan1.4407h 55m-8
180Iraq1.3908h 11m-2
181Uzbekistan1.3708h 17m3
182Algeria1.3708h 19m-7
183Venezuela1.3708h 20m-7
184Afghanistan1.2608h 59m-4
185Gabon1.2609h 03m-4
186Guinea1.2509h 05m10
187Angola1.2109h 22m-22
188Gambia1.2109h 25m-22
189Sierra Leone1.2009h 29m-30
190DR Congo1.1010h 21m0
191Mayotte1.0910h 24m-6
192Tajikistan1.0510h 50m-4
193Cameroon1.0311h 04m-21
194Burkina Faso1.0211h 09m-2
195Syria0.9512h 02m-1
196Benin0.9412h 02m-19
197Rep. of Congo0.9312h 14m-6
198Djibouti0.8812h 54m-9
199São Tomé & Prín.0.8713h 08m-17
200Somalia0.8613h 17m-3
201Ethiopia0.8014h 10m-18
202Niger0.7116h 05m-9
203Turkmenistan0.7016h 10m-5
204Mauritania0.5919h 22m-9
205Equatorial Guinea0.5122h 22mN/A
206Timor-Leste0.4525h 24m-7
207Yemen0.3830h 01m-7

The full Worldwide Broadband Speed League from Cable can be downloaded here.

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