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Speedtest Logo.png
Web address speedtest.net
Type of site Broadband internet speed test
Registration Optional
Available language(s) English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch
Owner Ookla
Launched 2006
Alexa rank positive decrease 332 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Active

Speedtest.net is a web service that provides free analysis of Internet access parameters, such as connection data rate. It was founded by Ookla in 2006, and is based in Kalispell, Montana.

The service measures the bandwidth (speed) and latency of a visitor's Internet connection against one of many geographically dispersed servers 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 using the HTTP protocol. Since service inception, over 5 billion speed tests have been completed.[when?][citation needed]

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.[2][3][4]


The owner and operator of Speedtest.net, Ookla, was established in 2006 by Mike Apgar, who is also founder and previous CEO of the Internet service provider Speakeasy with a small team of other Speakeasy employees.[5]


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.[6] 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.[7]


Top 10 Countries: Download Speed
Position Country Average
Download Speed[8]
1  Hong Kong 72.52 Mbit/s
2  Singapore 61.36 Mbit/s
3  Romania 56.78 Mbit/s
4  South Korea 51.75 Mbit/s
5  Japan 41.98 Mbit/s
6  Sweden 40.59 Mbit/s
7  Lithuania 40.01 Mbit/s
8  Andorra 39.63 Mbit/s
9  Macau 39.32 Mbit/s
10  Netherlands 39.27 Mbit/s

Top 10 Countries: Upload Speed
Position Country Average
Upload Speed[8]
1  Hong Kong 60.13 Mbit/s
2  Singapore 47.46 Mbit/s
3  South Korea 44.04 Mbit/s
4  Macau 35.03 Mbit/s
5  Lithuania 33.04 Mbit/s
6  Moldova 29.41 Mbit/s
7  Japan 29.28 Mbit/s
8  Romania 28.59 Mbit/s
9  Iceland 24.51 Mbit/s
10  Latvia 24.37 Mbit/s

Speed Wave[edit]

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.


  1. ^ "Speedtest.net Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Broadband speeds around the world". BBC News. December 2, 2007. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  3. ^ Greenop, Matt (July 27, 2007). "The truth about Kiwi broadband". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  4. ^ Lane, Terry (June 24, 2007). "Hey Telstra, forget about broadband". The Age. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ Peterson, Kim (April 4, 2006). "Speakeasy founder leaves for new venture". The Seattle Times. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ Ookla Net Metrics
  7. ^ Ookla Net Metrics - About
  8. ^ a b "Net Index by Ookla - Household Download Index - All Countries". Netindex.com. August 19, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013. 

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