The 5G mobile experience continues to change as more smartphone users embrace 5G and operators expand their 5G networks. South Korea and Taiwan are vying for the leading 5G experience but there is lot of movement across the APAC region.
Cities have a significantly better 5G experience than the national 5G results. For example, users in the city of Jeonju in South Korea have a 5G Download Speed of 415.6 Mbps which is 15% faster than South Korea's overall result.
Some types of 5G have very similar availability to public Wifi. For example, 5G smartphone users spend approximately 0.5% of time connected to 5G mmWave. Now, with 5G and especially with 5G mmWave, we see speeds on mobile that are much faster than with public Wifi.
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.
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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.
Opensignal analyzed our users’ mobile experience on T-Mobile’s network before and after the operator launched its nationwide standalone access (SA) 5G network on August 4, 2020. We then compared our users' mobile experience on T-Mobile's SA and NSA 5G networks.
In our latest analysis of the mobile experience of Rakuten users, we see big increases in the reach of Rakuten’s network as it expands across Japan and a resulting impact on users’ mobile experience.
5G is still near the beginning of its decade-long era.
As the year in which everything changed has ended, Opensignal predicts the ongoing impact on the mobile world in 2021 and beyond.
Opensignal has used an innovative approach to analyze group video calling across 75 countries starting from real-world measures of our users' voice and video experience. 5G made a significant difference to this measure and we have also assessed how it varies across the hours of the day.