A new report from Opensignal today takes a look at mobile networking experiences around the world and ranked 87 countries based on average download and upload speeds, 4G availability, video experience and latency experience. While the US has developed well for 4G availability, it fell in many countries for the other calculations.
The study notes that South Korea was the only country with a higher than 50 Mbps average download rate for mobile networks. Norway came in second place with 48.2 Mbps, while Canada and the Netherlands came in third and fourth with average download speed of 42 Mbps.
In the evening before the 5G launched, South Korea was the only country where smartphone users liked the average mobile download rate over 50 Mbps, although Norway was close at 48.2 Mbps. Then there were some drop rates to the next two countries, Canada and the Netherlands, where we measured download experience of just over 42 Mbps. The remaining six of the top 10 markets scored in the 33-40 Mbps series. The global average score for the 87 countries we analyzed was 17.6 Mbps – just under one third of the top score.
The United States had an average download speed of 21.3 Mbps for cellular networks. It was just above the average of 17.6 Mbps for all 87 countries participating in the study, placing the United States in 30th overall.
One metric US scored quite high was with 4G availability, landing on 5th place with 93% of users in the study having access to 4G. Opensignal characterizes the improvement of 4G accessibility in the United States to the rivalry between carriers.
One of the challenging countries in the top five of our 4G accessibility ratings was the United States. The country is clearly in the middle of the table over all of our other important price values, but managed a fifth position in 4G Availability. In our latest Mobile Network Experience USA report, we saw Verizon take over T-Mobile after a hard fight in this metric. This rivalry has fueled 4G Accessibility in the country, leading to a world-class position for the United States in our rankings.
But apart from availability, the US scored low across the board, which came in 58th for video experience, 50 for latency experience and 39 for upload speeds.
Opensign's mobile network experience report is based on data from 43 million units collected from January to March this year. Read the full report here.
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