Netflix publishes ISP speed rankings - Google Fiber wins

Posted by Emma Woollacott

 

Google Fiber is the fastest ISP when it comes to video streaming, says Netflix, which is promising monthly reports on ISP performance.

Unsurprisingly, Google's $70 per month fiber service, with an average speed for a Netflix stream of 2.55Mbps, can't be beaten. Verizon's FIOS comes second, with 2.19Mbps, followed by Comcast and Charter, both of which offer 2.17Mbps. Cablevision follows with 2.15Mbps.

At the bottom of the table come T-Mobile with 0.64Mbps, Sprint with 0.56Mbps and AT&T Mobile with a paltry 0.48Mbps.

"Broadly, cable shows better than DSL. AT&T U-verse, which is a hybrid fiber-DSL service, shows quite poorly compared to Verizon Fios, which is pure fiber," says Netflix vice president of content delivery Ken Florance.

"Charter moved down two positions since October. Verizon mobile has 40% higher performance than AT&T mobile."

In July, the FCC released a report saying that ISPs are now being much more truthful about the broadband speeds that they're delivering. On average, it said, they're hitting 96 percent of advertised rates, with fiber services actually delivering higher speeds than promised.

Clearly, though, the speeds cited by Netflix are some way below those touted by many of the ISPs themselves.

"The average performance is well below the peak performance due to a variety of factors including home Wi-Fi, a variety of devices, and a variety of encodes," says Florance.

"The relative ranking, however, should be an accurate indicator of relative bandwidth typically experienced across all users, homes, and applications."