Last year, to celebrate Opensignal’s 10th anniversary, we ranked the world's operators using our leading measures of the real-world mobile network experience. It was so well received that we’ve chosen to publish the awards again. In this report we’ve expanded the scope of our analysis, so for the first time we’re also assessing our users’ multiplayer mobile Games Experience globally on different operators.
It’s clear from the many different potential ways to measure users’ experience and mobile networks that there is no single correct way to measure the extent of a mobile network. Opensignal’s two different measures — 5G Availability and 5G Reach — represent the network experience of users.
Rakuten is a new challenger operator in Japan that launched on April 8, competing with NTT DoCoMo, KDDI’s au and SoftBank.
10 years ago, the telecommunications industry was in a very different place — back then 4G was still in its infancy and Opensignal was just starting out. We’ve come a long way since our humble beginnings and our 10 year anniversary feels like the perfect occasion to take a broader look across the rapidly changing mobile landscape.
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We see a much better mobile experience when Rakuten users are connected to its own radio network. The average Upload Speed Experience is two and a half times faster on-net than when roaming. We analyze how Rakuten's 'on-net' mobile network experience varies across cities in Japan and what it means for the future.
Opensignal has analyzed our 5G smartphone users' average mobile data consumption in six leading 5G countries and found that in the month of September 2020, on average, they consumed up to 2.7 times more mobile data compared to 4G users.
Across these 15 countries analyzed, users see 5G download speeds that are 5 to 6 times faster than 4G. In every country 5G is much faster than 4G.
Opensignal quantified our smartphone users’ average mobile data consumption and compared it against our users’ average Download Speed Experience across a number of countries since the early months of the year. Our data shows that short-term variations in average mobile data consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic correlated with variations in our users’ average Download Speed Experience across multiple countries
Users on current 5G brands have seen 5G average download speeds between 1.6 and 1.9 times faster than 4G in the U.S. Apple and Google are the last two major U.S. smartphone brands to launch 5G models. The first 5G iPhones will reignite the race to 5G because the iPhone represents about half of the US market.
For the very first time Opensignal is providing a comprehensive comparison of mobile network experience globally at the operator-level across five key measures of mobile network experience.