Ookla, the maker of the very well known Speedtest.net application has released a new update to their Global Net Index which basically ranks certain countries, states, and cities based on their real world network performance based on the tests that people in that area have done using Ookla’s speed test. The best thing about this is that it now includes wireless network performance, specifically cellular network performance via the Android, iOS and Windows Phone Speedtest.net applications. I have personally used Speedtest.net in the hundreds if not thousands of times and even used it to test Verizon’s 4G LTE network back when it was in its infancy.
Now, getting to the Global Net Index, we’ve been digging around for the past day or so and managed to find out some really interesting information. For example, in the state of California, the city with the fastest internet is actually Hermosa Beach in Los Angeles County. There, they have an average tested speed of over 43.24 Mbps thanks primarily to the fact that they have Verizon FIOS in the area as well as Time Warner Cable. However, since Verizon FIOS is a fiber optic internet service, they clearly have some of the fastest internet in the state that is supposed to be well known for its technology. Hermosa Beach is a very wealthy area where the average home sells for over $1 million, so it comes as little surprise that they have fast internet, but the real truth is that most of California is fairly underserved. The State of California itself has an average internet speed of 21.1 Mbps, which is actually EXACTLY the average of the entire United States, which our state should be ashamed of. States like Washington (26.4 Mbps) and New Jersey (30 Mbps) put California to shame, especially when you consider that California is supposedly the home of Silicon Valley. The state itself ranks 24th out of 50 states, dead center, and pretty shameful if you ask me.
Speaking of Silicon Valley, there are some pretty disappointing numbers for those living in the area. Menlo Park is ranked 80th in California with 26.07 Mbps, Palo Alto ranks 138th with a speed of 23.3 Mbps, Los Altos is below the state average with a speed of 20.08 Mbps (260th) and Cupertino, the home of Apple, isn’t much better (196th) with a speed of 21.72 Mbps. You also have cities like San Jose which ranks 173rd with a speed of 22.23 Mbps, close to the home of Intel with Santa Clara’s faster 24.52 Mbps (103rd). The only real bright spot in all of Silicon Valley is Mountain View, home of Google (and many others, but mostly Google). There, the average internet speed is 38.8 Mbps, vastly faster than any other municipality in the Bay Area and is bouyed by the fact that Google Fiber is the top ISP with an average speed of 140.97 Mbps in the Bay Area. In fact, Mountain View is the only city in California inside the state’s top 10 (ranked 7th) for internet speeds, and I believe that this is a HUGE problem that Silicon Valley really needs to fix.
You can also see that in the mobile broadband speeds, across the entire state, Verizon is the #1 ISP with 14.71 Mbps average, with T-Mobile coming in second with 12.91 Mbps, AT&T third with 10.35 Mbps, Metro PCS fourth with 7.57 Mbps and Sprint dead last at 6.12 Mbps. This should serve as a pretty good measure of what to expect from various carriers across the state. Overall, though, the state ranks 17th out of 50 states in terms of mobile broadband speeds.
Lighter countries have faster internet and darker countries have slower internet
The US as a whole ranks 31st out of 189 countries globally and has an average download speed of 21.05 Mbps. However, in terms of mobile broadband we rank 18th, with a download speed of 11.68 Mbps.
Globally speaking, some really surprising developments like Romania ranking 3rd in the world with speeds of 57.12 Mbps, second only to Hong Kong (72.5 Mbps) and Singapore (60.6 Mbps). Followed by South Korea in 4th with (50.5 Mbps and Japan with 41.1 Mbps in 5th. The only real surprise here is Romania, but they clearly are investing in their future with an internet economy, much like Lithuania which currently sits in 6th, above Sweden with an average download of 40.4 Mbps, something that puts most larger countries to shame.
There are also some really disappointing results in the bottom of the world’s list, namely Burkina Faso, which came in 188th (dead last) place. And Afghanistan which comes in 187th, second to last place. So, if anything, we’ve actually got a lot of work left to do in Afghanistan and the situation in most countries in the developing world isn’t very pretty.