Speedtest.net

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Speedtest.net
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Screenshot of an internet speed test on speedtest.net.
Web address speedtest.net
Slogan "The Global Standard in Internet Metrics"
Type of site
Broadband internet speed test
Registration Optional
Available in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch
Owner Ookla (Ziff Davis)
Launched April 1, 2006; 10 years ago (2006-04-01)
Alexa rank
255 (April 2016)[1]
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 the Android,[2] iOS,[3] AppleTV, Windows Phone[4] speedtest.net apps. As of 2016, over 8.7 billion speed tests have been completed.[5]

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.[6][7][8]

History[edit]

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.[9]

Technology[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11]

Data[edit]

Top 12 Countries: Download Speed
Position Country Average
Download Speed[12]
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  Philippines 43.82 Mbit/s
12  Canada 33.06 Mbit/s
Top 12 Countries: Upload Speed
Position Country Average
Upload Speed[13]
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  Philippines 28.22 Mbit/s
12  Canada 26.82 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.

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

My Results[edit]

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.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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