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Euro 2016 – Which Country Wins Internet Performance?


Marketing Specialist, EMEA


When the UEFA European Nations Cup first kicked off in 1958 the internet was still just an idea percolating in the minds of some very smart people. A lot has changed since then.

The popular tournament changed its name in 1968 to the UEFA European Championship, previous winners Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union have collapsed and this year the Euros expanded its participants to 24 nations. The internet has changed as well. It has evolved from a novel way to share packets between researchers into the single greatest tool for global education, communication and commerce.

At Dyn, we’re passionate about the performance of the internet. It is all we think about, which is why we can look at something like the Euro 2016, currently underway, and wonder: hmm, which country has the best internet performance?

We decided to take a look. We scored each country based on its comparative performance to the other contenders in five different Internet-related categories. The categories, weighted in order of importance, are listed below:

  • Percent of country’s population with internet (weighted x5)
  • Average download speeds within the country (weighted x4)
  • Number of domains within the country (weighted x3)
  • Number of secure internet servers within the country (weighted x2)
  • Number of internet hosts within the country (weighted x1)

We totaled all five scores to determine each team’s final Internet Performance Score, and voila, a comprehensive look at the world’s champion (and challengers) of Internet Performance.

EURO2016 Infographic v1 (2)So what did we find? There are great distinctions between the national teams Great Britain (although sadly not Scotland this year) are leading the internet inner circle collectively, which is why you’ll find Wales, Northern Ireland and England all tied. And Germany, in internet performance terms at least, a close second. Well, that hasn’t happened  since 1966. Does a victory taste as sweet when you have to share it?

With Croatia riding high from their late winner over Spain, Albania still have work to do, both on the pitch and with their internet performance. But hey, it’s a game of 2 halves and history is made in 90 minutes. Who knows where these teams will sit in the Dyn internet performance charts in the next major championship. World Cup anyone?

Francesca St John-Caleb is Dyn’s Marketing Specialist within our Europe, Middle-East & Africa region. Francesca coordinates all EMEA marketing content, social & operations.