OpenSignal Report Shows 4G LTE Availability and Speed around the World

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We may be starting to see more news about 5G technology whose deployment should start in 2019, but 4G LTE coverage and performance depends very much where you live, as we can see from a recent State of LTE report by OpenSignal which gathered close to 60 billions data points out of almost 5 millions phones aroudn the world during the last three months of last year.

The new data shows 4G average speed in the top performing country seems to have hit a plateau at around 45 Mbps, but availability keeps on improving across the board. The reports generated two main charts, with the first reporting 4G networks availability per country, not in terms of geographic coverage, but instead OpenSignal tracked the proportion of time users had access to a particular network.

5 Country now have over 90% availability with South Korea, Japan, Norway, Hong Kong, and the United States. Most of the countries with relatively low availability are based in the developing world, and if it should more difficult to get 4G signals constantly in countries such as Ecuador, Egypt, Sri Lanka, El Salvador, and Algeria.

The second chart reports the average download connection speed that users in each country see when connecting to LTE networks. The top five countries are Singapore, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, and Hungary, with the bottom 5 (from the countries covered) include Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Algeria, and India.

If we combines both metrics, South Korea is the winner when it comes to availability and speed. If your country is not in the charts above, go to OpenSignal website for the complete charts, where they also have a world map for both metrics.

Another charts also reveals that 4G (LTE only) average speed of global users (16.9 Mbps) is now faster than their WiFi speed of 14.0 Mbps.

Via XDA Developers

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Tesla
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Ukraine is notable for absence. Corruption delayed 3G deployment and 4G licenses are only recently have been auctioned. And not for the most interesting frequency. We still got analog air TV, folks!

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That about sums up the state of internet stone-age we are living in Germany…

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@Tesla
With regard to analogue TV, it worth noting that UK, Freeview is a analogue signal which carries the broadcasts, and then the receiver reconstructs the digital service.

So your country only lacks the sender and receiver equipment. Seems your government do not want the revenue from broadcasting more channels using compression to signal?

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@Theguyuk
Don’t know what exactly you want to mean about Freeview, but maybe be you are mislead, the “carrier” of a broadcast is electromagnetic radiation, that is always “analogue” in nature.

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@Theguyuk

FreeView in the UK is digital terrestrial (initially DVB-T, now DVB-T2) for quite some time. There are also DVB-C (digital cable TV) and DVB-S/DVB-S2 (digital satellite TV).

The Ukraine missed the first generation DVB-T, and has moved already straight to DVB-T2.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVB-T2#Ukraine

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@JotaMG
Freeview is a digital TV service broadcast by analogue signal. That is plainly clear.

I am not mislead at all, the Freeview service advertises as digital. Yet the carrier signal is analogue. Tesla stated Ukraine still have analogue air TV. I pointed out to him, the UK Freeview service, which advertises as digital, is broadcast via a analogue signal.

So his countries analogue transmission service is not alone or unique.

Are you being obtuse JotaMG?

JotaMG
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JotaMG

What is “being obtuse” ?? 😉

Theguyuk
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Theguyuk

Your wink icon says it all, you are not here for discourse but to troll, those you disagree with.

Tesla
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Hmm. Offtopic but Ukraine indeed went with DVB-T2 with all the features on. The only problem is that the company behind it is private with no clear owner. This private company broadcasts free to view signal but they encrypt it and require you to buy their equipment. Three overpriced models are available. Forget about making your receiver somehow work with it. You. Buy.

LTE would work miracles on 700 MHz if only they would be free and available for use…