Malaysia ranks 63rd in global internet speed, Singapore has world’s fastest

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia ranks 63rd in the latest survey on global internet speed among 189 countries surveyed. Singapore has the world's fastest download speed of 55.13Mbps while Malaysia pales in comparison with 6.69Mbps.

It will take two hours, 33 minutes and three seconds to download a 7.5GB HD movie in Malaysia while a download of similar takes only 18 minutes and 34 seconds in Singapore.

The findings are based on data collected over 12 months up to 10 May this year by M-Lab, a partnership between New America's Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research, Princeton University's PlanetLab, and other supporting partners, and compiled by Cable.co.uk.

Malaysia's internet speed lags two Southeast Asia countries — Singapore (No. 1) and Thailand (No. 29 at 16.85Mbps). The mean download speed in Thailand is 16.85Mbps and the time to download a 7.5GB HD movie there is one hour and 46 seconds.

However, Malaysia's internet speed is faster than in Indonesia (No. 75 at 5.19Mbps), Brunei (No. 86 at 3.83 Mbps), the Philippines (No. 87 at 3.69Mbps), Cambodia (No. 98 at 3.1Mbps), and Myanmar (No. 118 at 2.09Mbps).

War-torn Yemen comes in last at an average speed of just 0.34Mbps. It will take over two days to download a 7.5GB HD movie in Yemen.

Twenty of the top 30 fastest-performing countries are located in Europe, with seven in Asia, two in North America and one in Oceania.

Seventeen of the 30 slowest-performing countries are located in Africa, with seven in Asia, six in South America and one in Oceania.

A total of 139 countries failed to achieve average speeds above 10Mbps, a speed deemed by telecoms watchdog Ofcom to be the minimum required to cope with the needs of a typical family or small business.