How does your Internet speed compare to other Internet service providers? If you don’t know, Netflix is cracking down on the answer for you. The video-streaming site has launched a unique ISP Speed Index on Monday, which compares Internet speeds in the US, the UK, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. The Index doesn’t cover every ISP in the world, but it does rank those existing in countries where Netflix is available.
What does Netflix have to do with Internet speed, you wonder? As a major streaming service, Netflix can measure the video streaming rates of its users. With over 33 million subscribers streaming over 1 billion hours of entertainment each month, this is a relatively decent sample. The Index’s data is offered in a list format as well as a line graph for a more visual representation. All information is updated with new findings on a monthly basis.
So which are the best ISPs in the world? Google Fiber takes the lead with the fastest speeds, coming in at an average of 3.35Mbps. This is followed rather closely by Sweden’s Ownit, clocking an average speed of 2.99Mbps. Finland offers the highest average speed in the world at 2.57Mbps, and Mexico offers the lowest at 1.65Mbps.
Granted, the data rates are based solely on Netflix’s performance rather than general Internet usage, and can therefore be conveniently ignored by ISPs. However, some users on Reddit speculate that this will put pressure on ISPs to increase the quality of their speeds.
How does the speed rank in your area? What does Netflix have to gain by releasing this index?