This post was edited by ceciliazhang at 2018-7-14 10:03|
But not everyone believes in the official numbers. That's why we have third-party rankings on Internet speed across the globe.
British website cable.co.uk has recently released its 2018 version of "worldwide broadband speed league", in which China is ranked 141 among 200 countries and regions, with its "mean download speed" at 2.38Mbps.
This number means the users are tied to the lowest quality on YouTube. It's also not enough to watch most livestreams in China.
But wait, livestream is hot in China. A lot of people are watching videos just fine. So how come cable.co.uk's number contradicts with our daily observation?
Tencent Technology gave a possible answer back in November 2017 in a report on China's broadband connection. "The data they use is from western providers who do little to no business in China. They tend to show the speed when Chinese people access Facebook and Google, which most of us do not use at all."
Additional data on China's Internet speed is supplied by US cloud service Akamai, which said in Q1 2017 the number is 7.6Mbps, an OK speed for most of our daily actions online.
The largest number CGTN found is from speedtest.net, a service provided by US company Ookla, who recorded China's average broadband speed in June at 78.24Mbps, ranking 18th in the world.
China's mobile and broadband speed data and global ranking in June 2018 /Screenshot from speedtest.net
Ookla says on its website that more than 20 billion speed tests have been done on their platform worldwide.
But Ookla's speed test is different as it counts download and upload speed separately. With that said, upload speed of the country was 30.09Mbps, ranking 38th in the world.