Saudi Arabia’s STC reportedly experienced the largest loss on the index in January 2018 (at 0.70 Mbps), decreasing its monthly average to 2.17 Mbps, down from 2.87 Mbps in December, as per the Netflix ISP Speed Index. The monthly update on Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provides the best prime-time Netflix streaming experience. This loss and others contributed to Saudi Arabia’s nine-spot drop to 54th in country rankings.
South Korea’s D LIVE had the largest speed gain in January, gaining by 0.59 Megabits per second (Mbps).
In Asia, ISPs in Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan saw speeds slow in January.
Additionally, there were significant speed losses in other countries including with Hargray (USA) and Wind Hellas (Greece) among other countries.
The Netflix ISP Speed Index is reportedly a measure of prime-time Netflix performance on a particular ISP and not a measure of overall performance for other services/data that may travel across the specific ISP network. Faster Netflix performance generally means better picture quality, quicker start times and fewer interruptions.