In this Opensignal report on the 5G mobile network experience in Canada, Telus and Bell are joint winners for 5G Coverage Experience and Rogers comes top for 5G Availability.
In this Opensignal’s fifth Global Awards report, we analyse the difference in the overall experience seen by our users on different operators across the globe.
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Last summer, Canadian carriers bid billions of dollars to obtain spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band, which is crucial for 5G in the country. As a result of this auction, the big three carriers – Bell, Rogers and Telus – walked away with 80% of the total spectrum on auction and have recently started using it for 5G.
Following last summer’s 3.5GHz spectrum auction, Canadian carriers have recently begun the process of deploying this new mid-band spectrum for 5G services. Rogers claims to be the first to launch mid-band 5G — with its first location going live in Nanaimo, British Columbia.
In this latest definitive analysis of 5G worldwide leaders, there are many new entrants in the top 15 markets across different measures of 5G mobile network experience compared with the last 5G benchmark.
Our results also show that while Canada has yet to establish a global leadership position on 5G, it continues to hold the advantage of strong 4G access and network capability that results in an excellent experience, even when in more rural surroundings.
Opensignal data shows that users at NHL arenas in both Canada and the U.S. had a significantly better experience when connected to 5G compared to the overall experience of all users at those venues. But our data also shows that users’ experience varied depending on their choice of carrier.
During 2022, 5G will start to become the mainstay of the mobile experience in many markets. In others, the 5G journey is starting, but 5G offers the promise of a significantly superior experience. Here, Opensignal's quantifies the current 5G experience.
Opensignal's third 5G Experience Report on Canada reveals a highly competitive landscape as all three operators are joint or outright winners for at least three or more award categories.