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Speedtest.net
Speedtest by Ookla
Original author(s)Ziff Davis
Developer(s)Ookla
Initial release1 April 2006; 13 years ago (2006-04-01)
Stable release(s)
Android4.4.5 / 29 May 2019; 19 days ago (2019-05-29)[1]
iOS4.1.7 / 12 May 2019; 36 days ago (2019-05-12)[2]
macOS1.5 / 27 May 2019; 21 days ago (2019-05-27)[3]
Chrome Web Store1.0.9.2 / 5 April 2019; 2 months ago (2019-04-05)[4]
Operating systemWindows 10, Web site, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Apple TV, Mac, Chrome Web Store
Available in11 languages
List of languages
English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Indonesian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch
TypeInternet Speed Test
LicenseFreeware
Alexa rankDecrease 234 May 2019[5]
Websitewww.speedtest.net

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

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.[7][8][9]

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.[10]

In 2014, Ookla Speedtest for iOS updated with iPad support. [11]

In Late 2015, Ookla launched beta.speedtest.net to test its updated speedtest.net with Flash independent. [12]

In October 2016, Ookla Speedtest became available for Windows 10 thru Microsoft Store [13]

In Late 2017, Ookla Speedtest released 4.0 update with new UI for iOS[14] while March 2018 for Android.[15]

In Late April 2019, Ookla Speedtest adds 1000 Mbs support for Android device,[16] followed with Speedtest Live Tool update which tracks application data usage in May. [17]

Technology[edit]

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.[18] 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[edit]

Speedtest market reports[edit]

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  Canada[19] 59.67 Mbit/s 18.55 Mbit/s 35.19 Mbit/s 10.29 Mbit/s Rogers (80.02) TELUS (42.16)
2017  United States[20] 64.17 Mbit/s 22.79 Mbit/s 22.69 Mbit/s 8.51 Mbit/s XFINITY (69.58) T-Mobile (23.17)
2018  Saudi Arabia[21] 21.66 Mbit/s 9.25 Mbit/s 17.71 Mbit/s 10.64 Mbit/s Mobily (17.81) STC (20.66)

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.

Acquisitions[edit]

Acquisition date Company Country Value (USD) References
19 June 2018 Mosaik United States [22]
9 August 2018 Downdetector Netherlands [23]
10 October 2018 Ekahau Finland [24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Speedtest by Ookla APKs". APKMirror. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  2. ^ "Speedtest by Ookla". App Store. Retrieved 2019-05-12.
  3. ^ "Speedtest by Ookla". Mac App Store. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  4. ^ "Speedtest by Ookla". chrome.google.com. Retrieved 2019-04-05.
  5. ^ "Speedtest.net Traffic, Demographics and Competitors - Alexa". www.alexa.com. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  6. ^ See tests completed on page.
  7. ^ "Broadband speeds around the world". BBC News. December 2, 2007. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  8. ^ Greenop, Matt (July 27, 2007). "The truth about Kiwi broadband". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  9. ^ Lane, Terry (June 24, 2007). "Hey Telstra, forget about broadband". The Age. Retrieved November 13, 2011.
  10. ^ "Ziff Davis Acquires Ookla... (NASDAQ:JCOM)". Archived from the original on 2014-12-27. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  11. ^ Hall, Zac (2014-03-12). "Speedtest.net for iOS updated with iPad support, speedometer improvements, more". 9to5Mac. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  12. ^ "SpeedTest Beta available to the public - no Flash required". GSMArena.com. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  13. ^ "Ookla releases new Windows 10 Speedtest.net app for PC". Windows Central. 2016-10-08. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  14. ^ "Speedtest updates app with new UI and features". GSMArena.com. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  15. ^ "[Update: New options too] Speedtest v4.0 rolls out with brand new app design". Android Police. 2018-03-08. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  16. ^ "Ookla Speedtest adds 1 Gb option for accurately measuring 5G connections". Android Police. 2019-04-24. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  17. ^ "The new Speedtest Live tool tracks data usage by individual apps". Android Police. 2019-05-15. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  18. ^ "NetMetrics from Ookla - Internet performance database". ookla.com.
  19. ^ "2017 Canada Speedtest Market Snapshot". Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  20. ^ "2017 United States Speedtest Market Report". Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  21. ^ "2018 Saudi Arabia Speedtest Market Report". Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  22. ^ "Mosaik is joining Ookla". Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  23. ^ "Downdetector is now part of Ookla". Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  24. ^ "Ekahau is now part of Ookla". Retrieved October 15, 2018.

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