• Daniel Tihn

Malta Ranked 46th In Global Internet Speed Test



Cable.co.uk take it upon themselves every year to conduct a global internet speed test, ranking countries in order of their mean download speed. This year's results came as a bit of a shock, except when it concerns our small island. In 2017 we were ranked 48th, jumping up 2 positions in 2018 to 46th place, only to stay in the same position this year; quite dull results. Yet when it came to the front runners, quite a bit of shuffling around was happening.

How The Rankings Were Made


Since it was their 3rd year in a row doing this "speed league", Cable already had experience in ranking the 207 countries and, more importantly previous data to compare to. Each country had varying sample sizes, from 176 tests in Faroe Islands to over 132 million tests in U.S.A., each with a varying amount of tested IPs. Through all these tests, Cable got the mean average of each country (for all those who failed their Math's O-Level, mean average is dividing the total of all the tests by the amount of tests made) and sorted them into ranks.


With this data, Cable also provided comparisons to their 2018 & 2017 results, also quantifying their results with a simple category: time it would take to download a 5gb film using that countries average internet speed.


Malta Stuck At 46th, Again


As mentioned above, Malta has only improved by 2 rankings in the past 2 years, keeping the ranking as last year but this doesn't mean our internet hasn't improved. In 2017, our average speed was 10.17mbps, which grew to 13.6mbps in 2018 and is now at 18.16mbps in 2019. While these may seem low, Malta is above the global average of 11.03 and our speed has almost doubled in the past 2 years, which is better than most countries and awesome for a small Mediterranean island.


That said, out of all European countries, Malta is ranked 34th out of 54, meaning that we could certainly do better compared to our neighbours (although Italy is 35th in Europe and 47th globally. Suck it LOSERS).


What is truly important, is that to download a 5gig film, it would take 37 and a half minutes till you would be able to watch. Slow but manageable.


The Top 10 Countries


When it comes to the top 10 global speeds, some of them are not surprising at all with others shooting up from last year's results. The top 10 are:

  1. Taiwan

  2. Singapore

  3. Jersey

  4. Sweden

  5. Denmark

  6. Japan

  7. Luxembourg

  8. Netherlands

  9. Switzerland

  10. San Marino

One of the most surprising turnouts is Taiwan. Last year, they were ranked 14th, still an achievement but since then, their speed has increased from 28.09mbps to 85.02mbps, a 203% increase. Their economy relies heavily on a digital infrastructure so when you combine that with their compact size and their move from ADSL to fibre, you get an amazing average speed.


Most of the other top 10 were either close to their current spot last year or were just outside the big boys club (Japan were 12th and Switzerland were 11th), except San Marino which wasn't even ranked last year due to their small size and not a large enough sample size to gain an accurate reading.


The Slowest Internet of 2019


For 3 years in a row, the same country has earned the title of Slowest Internet. With a whopping average of 0.38mbps, the worst internet belongs to: YEMEN. In 2017, Yemen had an average speed of 0.34 which then WENT DOWN (how that is even possible, I do not know) to 0.31, then back up to 0.38 this year. If you wanted to download a 5gig film here, it would take you 30 hours, 1 minute, and 40 seconds to be able to start watching it. Imagine that, leaving your computer on for a whole day and MORE just to download a movie.


Just for frame of reference, internet speeds in 2004 were around about 0.35mbps, so well-done Yemen, for being 15 years behind the rest of us.


Comments By Cable


The average global broadband speed has risen by 20.65% in the last year, pointing towards a general increase in speeds all round. Yet that doesn't seem to be the case. "The truth is faster countries are the ones lifting the average, pulling away at speed and leaving the slowest to stagnate," commented Dan Howdle, a consumer telecoms analyst at Cable.


"Last year, we measured the slowest five countries at 88 times slower than the five fastest. This year they are 125 times slower."


The results determined that countries focusing on pure fibre infrastructures were excelling while those trying to figure out alternatives are lagging behind. With mainly European and Asian countries moving on up, Malta is going to need to pull its socks up to keep advancing and stay in-tune with our continental buddies.


Is your Internet faster or slower than our country's 18.16mbps average? Tell us in the comments below.