You've Never Had it So Good: The Web's Loading Quicker for Nearly Everyone

By Gary Cutlack on at

According to stats generated by Google, the internet's generally working better for everyone in 2013, as improvement in back-end, server and browser tech managed to speed everything up. So close that Speedtest tab and stop whining.

The stats, which Google released in a post titled Is the web getting faster? over on its Analytics blog, show that average load times for desktop browsers do indeed appear to have reduced slightly when comparing 2012 times to 2013 data, although the larger speed increases are saved for mobile, where download times are coming down rapidly thanks to the inexorable spread of 3G and 4G services.

It's not the same for everyone, though. Download speeds in Syria are down 19 per cent year-on-year due to the country's political crisis and the effect that's having on its infrastructure, with other troubled countries like Mali and Burkina Faso also showing big drops and China nearly nine per cent slower in 2013.

Meanwhile, increased UK mobile data speeds and more powerful phones are allowing us here to load mobile web pages around 14 per cent quicker this year than last, so we're doing OK. [Google Analytics]