In the U.S., Verizon FiOS narrowly held onto the top spot with Cablevision close enough that both ISPs posted an average speed of 3.43 Megabits per second (Mbps) when rounded.
There was much movement in Canada’s January rankings, with Shaw dropping two spots to No. 6 with an average speed of 3.34 Mbps and SaskTel rising two spots to No. 4 with an average speed of 3.35 Mbps. TekSavvy also fell, coming in No. 13 with an average speed of 2.91 Mbps.
In Chile, GTD reclaimed the No. 1 position, posting an average speed of 3.19 Mbps. That displaced VTR, whose average speed slipped to 3.06 Mbps from 3.17 Mbps in December.
In France, Bouygues Telecom topped the ranking for the first time, providing an average speed of 3.74 Mbps in January. Numericable, which had held the top spot since Netflix launched there in September, came in a close second with an average speed of 3.73 Mbps.
The Netflix ISP Speed Index is a measure of prime time Netflix performance on a particular ISP and not a measure of overall performance for other services/data that may travel across the specific ISP network. Faster Netflix performance generally means better picture quality, quicker start times and fewer interruptions.
The latest regional rankings are below:
Anne Marie Squeo is a member of the Netflix communications team.