Screenshot of an internet speed test on speedtest.net.
|Slogan||"The Global Standard in Internet Metrics"|
Type of site
|Broadband internet speed test|
|Available in||English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch|
|Owner||Ookla (Ziff Davis)|
|Launched||April 1, 2006|
|255 (April 2016[update])|
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 the Android, iOS, AppleTV, Windows Phone speedtest.net apps. As of 2016[update], over 8.7 billion speed tests have been completed.
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 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. 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.
|Top 12 Countries: Download Speed|
|2||Hong Kong||104.22 Mbit/s|
|7||South Korea||59.19 Mbit/s|
|8||Saint Pierre and Miquelon||51.43 Mbit/s|
|Top 12 Countries: Upload Speed|
|2||Hong Kong||100.56 Mbit/s|
|5||South Korea||51.31 Mbit/s|
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.
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Badges are awarded when either Highest Download or Lowest Ping will be.
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.
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