This month’s rankings are a great illustration of how performance can improve when ISPs work to connect directly to Netflix. In the US, the average speed on the Comcast network for Netflix streams is up 65 percent from 1.51Mbps in January to 2.5Mbps in March.
We’re also seeing early improvements on Telenor-owned ISPs in Norway, Sweden and Denmark after Telenor agreed to directly connect its network to Netflix.
We are dedicated to delivering a great streaming experience and invest in continually improving that experience. Part of that investment is working with ISPs to make Netflix delivery easy and to avoid congestion. We see consistently better speeds for customers served by ISPs that directly connect their network to Netflix using our Open Connect content delivery network.
A few additional data points from the February update of the Netflix ISP Speed Index:
- We have expanded the ISP Speed Index with six more countries in Latin America: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Jamaica, Panama, Peru and Uruguay. Consumers there now also have a simple way to see which ISPs provide the best Netflix streaming experience. The data also allows easy country-to-country comparisons: Uruguay tops the region while Costa Rica is last of the 11 ranked nations.
- In Sweden, Com Hem has taken the top slot, unseating Own It for the first time.
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 part of the corporate communications team at Netflix
UPDATE: Blog was corrected at 11:45AM to reflect accurate average Comcast speed in January. It was 1.51Mpbs.