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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The 5G experience in Japan’s transport hubs: Yamanote line and international airports

By Robert Wyrzykowski, September 2022

In this latest Opensignal analysis on Japan, we have analyzed the 5G mobile experience in busy high-traffic areas of Japan —  across its international airports and on Tokyo’s Yamanote line, which connects some of the busiest train stations in the world. Our users on the Yamanote line and in these major airports were able to connect to 5G services for a higher amount of time than Tokyo or Yokohama city averages. However, differences in 5G Download Speeds were not as significant when we compared these high-traffic areas with city or Japan-wide averages.

Blog Entry | No | Japan | | Robert Wyrzykowski

Verizon continues to lead in network experience at NFL stadiums

By Robert Wyrzykowski, September 2022

In this new analysis, we found that our users on Verizon’s network enjoyed the fastest 5G speeds, and the best 5G and overall gaming and voice app experience However, T-Mobile users connected to 5G services for the highest amount of time at the 30 NFL stadiums and users on T-Mobile’s network saw the highest average overall Download Speed Experience.

Blog Entry | Yes | USA | | Robert Wyrzykowski

Sizing the satellite connectivity opportunity for smartphones

By Ian Fogg, September 2022

Satellite connectivity is coming to smartphones, Apple is adding Emergency SoS using satellites to the iPhone 14 range. Now, Opensignal has analyzed over 100 global markets to understand the extent of the cellular “no signal” problem that mobile users face.

Blog Entry | No | Albania, All Countries, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costarica, Croatia, Czechrepublic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Elsalvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Global, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hongkong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Netherlands, Newzealand, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudiarabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Southafrica, Southkorea, Spain, Srilanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, UK, Uruguay, USA, Vietnam | | Ian Fogg

The rural urban divide widens with 5G rollouts in Italy

By Robert Wyrzykowski, August 2022

In this new analysis, Opensignal looked at the mobile network experience in rural and urban areas of Italy and compared it to that in five other European markets — France, Germany,  Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. We observed that while the rural-urban divide was relatively low in Italy for the Download Speed Experience and Availability it was much wider for 5G Download Speed. We also observed significant disparities between regions, with the gap between urban and rural areas being wider for 5G Download Speed than for Download Speed Experience.

Blog Entry | No | France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, UK | | Robert Wyrzykowski

مقارنة أداء تجربة تقنية الجيل الخامس (5G ) في دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي - أغسطس 2022

By Ian Fogg, August 2022

في تقريرها الصادر حديثاً، والذي يمثل أول مقارنة لتجربة تقنية الجيل الخامس (5G)بين دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي، تقيس أوبن سيجنال (Opensignal) تجربة المستخدمين في تقنية الجيل الخامس (5G) في دول مجلس التعاون الخليجي في عدة نواحي مثل تجربة تدفق الفيديو عبر الهاتف المحمول، وتجربة الألعاب متعددة اللاعبين على الهاتف المحمول، واتصال التطبيقات الصوتية، والتوافر، والسرعة، بالاضافة الى قياس التطور في التجربة مقارنةً بخدمات الجيل الرابع الأقدم.

Blog Entry | No | Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudiarabia, UAE | | Ian Fogg

Benchmarking the GCC 5G Experience — August 2022

By Ian Fogg, August 2022

5G is boosting the experience in all six GCC markets, although there are significant differences in the mobile experience between them.

Blog Entry | Yes | Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudiarabia, UAE | | Ian Fogg