Netflix rates Google Fiber high on its broadband speed test
Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) has deployed a broadband speed test for ISPs by aggregating performance results from 33 million worldwide subscribers into a single location and making the results available to users and ISPs. The goal is to show both users and ISPs who offers the fastest delivery of online video content and, therefore, theoretically offers the best way to get movies and other video content from Netflix.
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Fiber was first on the list, with an average speed of 3.35 Mbps, followed by Sweden's Ownit (2.99 Mbps). The Google Fiber speeds were not enough to push the United States to the top of the overall pile, with Finland taking the top spot at a national average of 2.57 Mbps, followed by Sweden (2.51 Mbps), Denmark (2.42 Mbps) and then the United States (2.30 Mbps), pulled down, perhaps, by slow-moving Clearwire (Nasdaq: CLWR), which clocked in at 1.25 Mbps.
The slowest nation on the chart was Mexico, where the average speed was 1.65 Mbps and the top score by Cablemas was only 2.01 Mbps, the statistics showed.
Netflix pointed out that all the speeds are to be taken with a grain of salt.
"[t]he 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," Netflix said in its press release.
The service provider said it would continue to cull the information on a monthly basis from its 33 million members who watch "over 1 billion hours of TV shows and movies streaming from Netflix per month."