Recently, Ookla released Global Fixed and Mobile Network Performance Maps based on Speedtest on the Registry of Open Data on AWS. There’s actually quite a lot of data in the said registry and they can easily be downloaded to your machine, if needed. Here’s how:
Once you’ve installed the AWS CLI on your machine, you should be able to access the data using simple terminal commands.
First, you need to know where the data is on AWS. Thankfully, you can easily find this in the homepage of the dataset. Look for AWS CLI Access (No AWS account required).
For this dataset, we find:
aws s3 ls s3://ookla-open-data/ --no-sign-request
This command just lists (ls) the contents of the directory. You need some basic terminal command knowledge to download the data you need. I run a Linux machine so I use cp to copy data from a bucket. For me, that command is:
aws s3 cp <file-i-need-to-download> <file-to-store-it-on-my-computer> --no-sign-request
From the documentation of the Ookla open data, the data files are are “provided in both Shapefile format as well as Apache Parquet, and can be accessed on Amazon Web Services (AWS) object storage service, S3, at the following paths:”
using the key names for the type, year, quarter, and data layer.
For example, to access mobile tiles in the parquet format for the second quarter of the year 2020, one would use the bucket,
Since I will be downloading the shapefile version, I will use the bucket:
So, to download the mobile tiles in the zipped shapefile format for the second quarter of the year 2020, I would use:
aws s3 cp s3://ookla-open-data/shapefiles/performance/type=mobile/year=2020/quarter=2/2020-04-01_performance_mobile_tiles.zip output.zip --no-sign-request
This should start the download process and save the downloaded data in the output.zip file.
Since the downloaded data is a zipped shapefile, I should be able to open it in QGIS.
That’s it! There’s a lot of other datasets available in AWS that we can check out, download, and use. Good luck!
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