Monday, April 8, 2013

Updated ISP Speed Index for March

We just added March data to the “Netflix ISP Speed Index,” providing an updated look at which Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide the best Netflix streaming experience.

A few data points from the new Netflix ISP Speed Index, reflecting data for March:

  • At 3.45 Mbps, Google Fiber in the U.S. provides the highest average Netflix streaming bitrate anywhere Netflix is available, slightly increasing its average over last month
  • After Google Fiber, Sweden’s Ownit continues to deliver the highest average Netflix bitrate at 2.95 Mbps Netflix members in Finland receive, on average, the highest bitrates, while members in Mexico have the slowest connections, on average 
  • In the U.S., Cox Communications continues a steady climb and enters the top three of ISPs that provide the best Netflix experience 
  • In Norway Get has jumped to take the lead after two months of strong increases 
  • In Ireland Magnet has solidified its lead, showing a strong performance in March with an increased average while runner up UPC saw a lower average

Located at the Netflix ISP Speed Index provides an easy overview of the performance of ISPs in several of the countries Netflix is available in. Updated on a monthly basis, the site allows for easy comparison of ISPs in a country as well as international comparisons. At launch the Netflix ISP Speed Index includes data for the U.S., Mexico, Ireland, U.K., Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland.

The Netflix ISP Speed Index is based on data from the more than 33 million Netflix members who view over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix per month. The listed speeds reflect the average performance of all Netflix streams on each ISP's network and are an indicator of the performance typically experienced across all users on an ISP network.

Note: the average performance is below the peak performance due to many factors including the variety of encodes Netflix uses to deliver the TV shows and movies as well as the variety of devices members use and home network conditions. These factors cancel out when comparing across ISPs.

Joris Evers is director of corporate communications at Netflix