One year on from the first launch of 5G services for smartphone users back in April 2019, Opensignal looks at what’s changed across 100 countries globally on six different measures of the mobile network experience, including upload and download speed, video, voice and games experience, along with the percentage of time that 4G users spent connected to a 4G network (4G Availability).
In this insight, we analyzed the amount of time that smartphone users spent connected to Wifi in the past four months, as well as the change in 4G Download Speeds experienced by our users across more than 40 countries, to understand how mobile network experience compares to pre-lockdown levels.
Rakuten is a new challenger operator in Japan that launched on April 8, competing with NTT DoCoMo, KDDI’s au and SoftBank.
With video games now the biggest form of entertainment (thanks in part to breakout games like Fortnite) and the smartphone becoming increasing the device of choice, gamers’ mobile connections have a great deal of impact on their playing experience. To quantify this, Opensignal has developed a first of a kind metric and used it to rank the world’s top 100 countries for mobile Games Experience.
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In one year mobile Video Experience has significantly improved in 59% of 100 countries analyzed. But the U.S. is lagging behind on mobile video as carriers face a spectrum crunch. Uniquely, Opensignal tests mobile video streaming at scale and does not estimate video experience based on speed tests or other indirect measurements.
In the world of telecoms, 2019 will probably be remembered as the year 5G got serious. So what can we expect from the next generation, and the rest of the mobile world, in 2020?
Voice apps offer flexibility across a number of devices and networks, and have soared in popularity as smartphones become more and more ubiquitous.But what's the mobile user experience like on these voice apps on today's mobile networks?
As more operators in more countries launch 5G services, Opensignal has again analyzed the maximum speed that our 5G smartphone users have experienced, updating our previous analysis of 5G maximum speeds.
All smartphones are not created equal; they vary in network capability as well as cameras and displays. To analyze the differences, Opensignal split smartphone users into three groups — low, mid and high-tier — based on a smartphone’s mobile network capabilities.
In Opensignal’s latest analysis of 5G, we've looked at the maximum real-world speeds seen in eight countries which have launched 5G services.