Peter Boyland, Senior Analyst
Millions of sports fans are flocking to the Cricket World Cup in England and Wales this summer for six weeks of the best ODI action. And a lot of these supporters will be watching the highlights of their favorite team's best wickets and boundaries on-the-go on their smartphones. But what quality of video streaming can they expect in the U.K.'s cities where all the action is taking place?
Opensignal has examined 19 of the U.K.'s largest cities and towns, including all 10 of those where the Cricket World Cup action is taking place. We've ranked them based on our Video Experience metric, which measures the quality of mobile video streamed to devices, taking into account factors like video loading time, stalling during playback and the level of resolution supported. Of the top U.K. cricket venues, The Riverside in Durham scored highest with 72.7 (out of 100), followed closely by Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on 69.4.
And the good news is, almost all the cities we measured (except London and Taunton) got Very Good scores (65-75) in our Video Experience ratings. This means fans can expect generally fast loading times and only occasional stalling, even at higher video resolutions.
London and Taunton both scored a Good rating, which means video streaming may struggle at higher resolutions, with slower loading and more frequent stalling. But the capital was less than one point off a Very Good score, meaning fans at Lords and The Oval should still be able to watch the highlights with a reasonably decent Video Experience. And the locals down at Taunton's County Ground aren't likely to be too bothered about propping up the base of our table as long as Somerset keep their lead in the County Championship.
The start of the Cricket World Cup coincided with the launch of the U.K.'s first 5G network, which will initially be available in limited areas of big cricket cities Birmingham, Cardiff, London and Manchester, as well as Scottish and Northern Irish capitals Edinburgh and Belfast. 5G should offer great improvements not just in greater network data capacity but also in hugely reduced latency, transforming the mobile Video Experience.