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Screenshot of an internet speed test on speedtest.net (2016).
Original author(s) Ziff Davis
Developer(s) Ookla
Initial release1 April 2006;14 years ago (2006-04-01)
Stable release(s)
Android4.4.32 / 28 January 2020;4 months ago (2020-01-28) [1]
iOS4.2.1 / 17 March 2020;2 months ago (2020-03-17) [2]
macOS1.6 / 9 June 2019;11 months ago (2019-06-09) [3]
Chrome Web Store1.0.9.2 / 5 April 2019;13 months ago (2019-04-05) [4]
Operating system Windows 10, Web site, Android, iOS, Apple TV, Mac, Chrome Web Store
Available in11 languages
List of languages
English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch
Type Internet Speed Test
License Freeware
Alexa rankSteady2.svg 177 March 2020 [5]
Website www.speedtest.net

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). [6] 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. As of September 2018, over 21 billion speed tests have been completed. [7]

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. [8] [9] [10]


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. [11]


Acquisition dateCompanyCountryValue (USD)References
19 June 2018 Mosaik United States [12]
9 August 2018 Downdetector Netherlands [13]
10 October 2018 Ekahau Finland [14]


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. [15] 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.

Speedtest.net data

Speedtest market reports

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.

YearCountry Name (Alphabetical)Average ISP DownloadAverage ISP UploadAverage Mobile DownloadAverage Mobile UploadFastest ISP Speed ScoreFastest Carrier Speed Score
2017Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada [16] 59.67 Mbit/s 18.55 Mbit/s 35.19 Mbit/s 10.29 Mbit/s Rogers (80.02)TELUS (42.16)
2017Flag of the United States.svg  United States [17] 64.17 Mbit/s 22.79 Mbit/s 22.69 Mbit/s 8.51 Mbit/s XFINITY (69.58)T-Mobile (23.17)
2018Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia [18] 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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