Innovation29 November 2017
We all want a faster, better internet, yet internet speeds vary greatly and can be affected by issues ranging from network congestion to wireless interference. That’s why at Netflix, we work with partners around the world to improve streaming quality. We also create tools that put consumers in control of their viewing experience, regardless of bandwidth. One tool we launched last year is FAST.com, a free, fast, and simple way for people to check their current Internet speed. We gave it a clean, ad-free design that was intuitive to use and easy to understand (more on how FAST.com was built here). Since launching in May 2016, we’ve been humbled by the great response we’ve seen from people all around the world. Tests on FAST.com grew by about 10 percent each month since launch, and that momentum led us to an awesome milestone just a few days ago: FAST.com has generated a quarter billion speed tests from around the world.
Looking back at the data, we uncovered some other interesting tidbits:
- Who uses FAST.com? People from all over the world. Recent data shows the top countries generating internet speed tests on Fast.com include the U.S., Brazil, India, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, Italy, Great Britain and Egypt.
- How are people testing their Internet speeds? There’s an even split between speed tests generated on desktop and on mobile devices (either on the mobile web or on the FAST iOS or Android app).
- When are people testing their Internet speeds? All day. We see a small bump in tests generated in the evenings during streaming primetime and bigger spikes during network connectivity issues.
- Are there exceptions? In Japan, internet speed tests tend to peak later, at around 9 to 11 p.m. local time. In India, internet speeds peak in the morning, at around 9 to 11 a.m. local time.
To celebrate this quarter billion test milestone today, we’re launching a new way to share Fast.com speed results on social media. To brag (or rant) about your Internet speed, run the test and click on Facebook or Twitter button to post the result on your social feed:
Have you tested your Internet speed lately? It’s as good of a reason as ever.
-David and Sergey
David Fullagar is vice president of content delivery architecture.
Sergey Fedorov is a senior software engineer on the content delivery team.