A year-long test of internet speeds in 189 countries has found the Chinese mainland comes in 134th at 1.55Mbps, just behind Iran and just ahead of Mauritania.

The analysis was done by Cable.co.uk, a British broadband comparison service, using data from 63 million tests collected by M-Lab, a partnership between New America’s Open Technology Institute, Google Open Source Research, and Princeton University’s PlanetLab.

In first place was Sweden with a mean download speed of 55.13Mbps, way ahead of second place Sweden at 40.16Mbps which was itself a good deal faster than third place Taiwan at 34.4Mbps. Hong Kong (27.16Mbps) came in ninth ahead of Switzerland (26.93) meaning out of the world top ten, three countries were in Asia, seven in Europe.

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Frank Hersey is a Beijing-based tech reporter who's been coming to China since 2001. He tries to go beyond the headlines to explain the context and impact of developments in China's tech sector. Get in...