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Netradar data enriches Global Internet Report

The latest release of maps visualising different aspects of the Internet as part of our Global Internet Report now includes the fruits of our collaboration with Netradar.

You can now explore the differences in mobile network upload and download bandwidth, as well as latency for many countries around the world. The data presented is based on user-contributed measurements of 3G and LTE networks using the Netradar measurement application. Some of the measurement results are striking. Finland comes out on top of the six countries with maximum recorded download speeds in excess of 100Mbps, with a staggering 227Mbps. Average download speeds are also impressive in some cases with 11 countries exceeding 10Mbps and Denmark averaging over 22Mbps.

The free app, part of the Netradar Project led by Professor Jukka Manner, provides neutral and accurate information about the quality and diversity (in terms of bandwidth and latency) of Internet connections and mobile devices everywhere. It does this by measuring and displaying the data submitted anonymously by anyone who runs the application.

This kind of data helps form a more detailed picture of worldwide network quality, so we can better understand the scope and impact of network changes, and ultimately help to ensure the Internet’s sustainability and reliability for future generations.

Smartphone users around the globe can download the app (available for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone, Symbian, Meego, Maemo, Jolla and Blackberry platforms), contribute their measurements and see their results at (No personal information is gathered by the system, and no account or login is necessary. Optional use of a third-party login enables users to track their measurement history.)

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, what about a map?

Based on the positive response to the online maps we released last year, they tell a story. All of us understand the digital divide, but here we can see it in the differences between regions, and we can puzzle why some countries stand out within a region. To help find answers, we can see how affordability of Internet access differs and can help to explain adoption levels. What about the speed of broadband? Is the speed in our country really so slow compared to our neighbours, or is it better than we thought? And why is the Internet more or less resilient?

These were among the topics covered in last year’s Global Internet Report, and we have just updated those maps. We also went further, and added maps on Internet resources (IPv4 allocations, ccTLD usage) and the stage of DNSSEC deployment across countries. We also started to address content, looking at Wikipedia edits across countries, as well as limits on content in different countries.

Enjoy the maps - you can embed them in your own pages, and help us to share the further. Please also let us know if there are other public data sources we could use to create more maps, so that we can add more chapters to the living story of how the Internet is spreading everywhere, for everyone.

Picture © Aram Bartholl 2014 by-nc-sa 3.0