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nPerf Speed Test – Press release 17/06/2024

Barometer of mobile Internet connections in Saudi Arabia

01/04/2023 – 31/03/2024

The subscribers of Mobily and STC enjoyed the best mobile Internet performances in Saudi Arabia during 2024.

For this analysis of Internet connections in Saudi Arabia, nPerf has taken into account 63,189 tests carried out by the Saudis with the free nPerf Speed Test app, available on Android and iOS. nPerf is independent of Internet providers.

In our comprehensive analysis spanning from April 2023 through March 2024, STC (55.5 Mb/s) has been identified as providing the fastest mobile download speeds in Saudi Arabia.

  • Download speed: Indicates the amount of data your connection can receive in one second from the nPerf server. The highest the measured value, the best is the speed of your connection. Excellent Speed: Download speeds greater than 25 Mb/s are classified as excellent, enabling activities such as 4K video streaming.

International Comparison: Saudi Arabia’s average mobile download speed (49.6 Mb/s) has surpassed the one in countries such as Kenya (19 Mb/s), Jordan (11 Mb/s), Egypt (8.9 Mb/s) or Algeria (8.9 Mb/s).

The subscribers of STC (63 ms) and Mobily (65 ms) enjoyed the best average mobile Internet latency in 2024.

  • The latency describes how responsive your connection is. Lower latency translates to more immediate interaction with content. Latency is measured in milliseconds (ms). Good Latency: 31-100 ms supports optimal Internet performance with minimal delay.

Streaming test: Mobily (77%) provided the best streaming mobile video experience in Saudi Arabia. The goal of the streaming test is to measure the quality of video viewing on the most popular streaming platform around the world: YouTube

  • Excellent Streaming: A score between 75% and 100% indicates smooth video streaming.

The nPerf test evaluates YouTube streaming quality by conducting assessments at three different resolutions: 360p (Standard Definition), 720p (High Definition), and 1080p (Full High Definition). The overall rating is derived from an average of these three tests, ensuring a comprehensive measure of streaming performance across varying levels of video quality.

Browsing test: Mobily (47.5%, equivalent to an average page load time of 5 seconds) emerged as the leading provider for web browsing in the country. 


Based on the nPerf scores and KPIs, the ranking of ISPs in Saudi Arabia is clear. STC leads in speed and overall performance, followed by Mobily, which excels in user experience with strong browsing and streaming scores. Zain has notable areas for improvement in speed and latency. 

This study, conducted by nPerf, a French company with over a decade of experience in measuring Internet connections, is based on user-generated data from the nPerf mobile app. The app, available on iOS and Android, utilizes a global network of dedicated servers to accurately measure Internet connection speeds.

The nPerf study is based on thousands of tests carried out exclusively by the operators’ end-customers, making it one of the largest “crowdsourced” studies in Saudi Arabia. These tests reflect the real experience of the general public in Saudi Arabia on the various Internet networks.

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