Understanding & measuring 5G

The promise of 5G to revolutionize the mobile industry started years before the first commercial networks even launched.

Download speeds measured in Gbps. Latencies reduced to single digit milliseconds. Bandwidths capable of serving an ever-growing mobile-first population. How much of the promise of 5G is reality now that the first commercial networks have begun rolling out?

Opensignal seeks to answer that question, using real-world 5G measurements from actual users to reality-check the hype.

We are tracking the 5G rollouts around the world and aim to be the single source of truth on the true 5G experience users receive as adoption grows in markets around the world. 

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Blog Entry | No | Japan | | Ian Fogg

Quantifying the satellite smartphone opportunity in Japan

By Ian Fogg, January 2023

With the iPhone 14 launch smartphone satellite connectivity has now arrived in some global markets, and will likely arrive soon in others, like Japan. But the extent of the opportunity for services beyond emergency communications, such as two way messaging and regular Internet connectivity, is uncertain.

Blog Entry | No | Global, Japan | | Ian Fogg

Switzerland’s regions struggled to see a good 5G signal strength on the 3.5 GHz band

By Robert Wyrzykowski, December 2022

Our analysis shows that our users on each operator saw the strongest 5G signal strength on the 700 MHz band and the weakest on the 3.5 GHz band. While there were small differences in distributions of 5G readings by signal strength categories between operators, we observed more significant differences between Switzerland’s regions.

Blog Entry | No | Switzerland | | Robert Wyrzykowski

Benchmarking the GCC 5G Experience — December 2022

By Andrey Popov, December 2022

Opensignal continues to track the progress of 5G networks using experience data collected from our users across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. Across the Gulf ongoing 5G development is boosting the mobile experience, but with significant differences between the individual markets. 

Blog Entry | No | Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudiarabia, UAE | | Andrey Popov

Swisscom users had the lowest no signal time and the fastest download speeds in Swiss ski resorts

By Robert Wyrzykowski, November 2022

Ahead of the ski season, Opensignal has analyzed the mobile network experience in the 100 biggest ski resorts in Switzerland. We found that Swisscom users had the fastest overall speeds and 5G Download Speed in the ski resorts and they spent significantly less time with no signal than our Salt and Sunrise users. Also, users in resorts in the Graubünden canton enjoyed faster overall and 5G speeds than those in the Valais canton, although 5G Availability scores showed no statistically significant difference between these cantons.

Blog Entry | No | Switzerland | | Robert Wyrzykowski

New 5G spectrum massively boosts Brasília’s 5G experience

By Andrey Popov, October 2022

Opensignal evaluated the effect of 5G deployments in the 3.5 GHz spectrum range in improving the mobile user experience in Brasília's capital. Users saw an increase of nearly eight fold in 5G Download Speed and a doubling of 5G Upload Speed, compared to pre-deployment period.

Blog Entry | No | Brazil | | Andrey Popov