Screenshot of an internet speed test on speedtest.net (2016).
|Original author(s)||Ziff Davis|
|Initial release||1 April 2006|
|Operating system||Windows 10, Web site, Android, iOS, Apple TV, Mac, Chrome Web Store|
|Available in||11 languages|
|Type||Internet Speed Test|
Speedtest.net, also known as Speedtest by Ookla, is an American 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, U.S.A.
The service measures the data throughput (speed) and latency (connection delay) of an Internet connection against one of 8,000 geographically dispersed servers (as of November 2019). As of September 2018 [update] , over 21 billion speed tests have been completed.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 apps.
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 Transmission Control Protocol (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.
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.
|Acquisition date||Company||Country||Value (USD)||References|
|19 June 2018||Mosaik||United States|
|9 August 2018||Downdetector||Netherlands|
|10 October 2018||Ekahau||Finland|
The technology of Speedtest.net is similar to that of Ookla NetGauge, which is provided to a wide variety of companies and organizations on a licensed basis.Speedtest.net Mini was a free, stripped-down Flash version of the speed test technology used on Speedtest.net that users could run on their own web server, however it was replaced in 2016 with Speedtest Custom, an HTML5-based tool.
In 2016, Speedtest began releasing market reports for different countries and cities, providing raw statistics regarding download and upload speeds for the past year for ISPs and mobile carriers. It also includes analysis of the current ISP and mobile markets of the respective country and breakdowns by region and city. ISPs and mobile carriers are ranked by their geographic performance.
|Year||Country Name (Alphabetical)||Average ISP Download||Average ISP Upload||Average Mobile Download||Average Mobile Upload||Fastest ISP Speed Score||Fastest Carrier Speed Score|
|2017||59.67 Mbit/s||18.55 Mbit/s||35.19 Mbit/s||10.29 Mbit/s||Rogers (80.02)||TELUS (42.16)|
|2017||64.17 Mbit/s||22.79 Mbit/s||22.69 Mbit/s||8.51 Mbit/s||XFINITY (69.58)||T-Mobile (23.17)|
|2018||21.66 Mbit/s||9.25 Mbit/s||17.71 Mbit/s||10.64 Mbit/s||Mobily (17.81)||STC (20.66)|
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