To understand why wireless operators — and the smartphone makers that supply them — are keen to switch users from older 4G-only smartphone models to 5G capable versions, Opensignal has analyzed the real-world smartphone experience of 4G and 5G smartphones.
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.
Approximately once a decade the mobile industry unveils a new network technology standard with the goal of revolutionizing users’ mobile network experience. Opensignal examines the real-world impact that 5G has had on the mobile experience by comparing 100 markets.
In the third Global Mobile Network Experience Awards report, Opensignal once again directly compares operators from around the world to recognize those on which our users had the best mobile experience.
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Opensignal has analyzed the amount of mobile data our users consumed on mmWave 5G networks and compared that to the amount of mobile data used on sub-6 GHz 5G and 4G.
Our analysis shows that strong 4G network foundations still remain essential for 5G deployment in its early stages. 4G continues to boost the 5G experience even for a market like South Korea, hailed as one of the 5G frontrunners. Part of the reason for the 5G success story of Korea’s operators is their use of 4G spectrum and having an excellent 4G network that helps to boost 5G download speeds.
Now for the first time Opensignal ranks the world's 5G operators using our leading measures of the real-world mobile network experience.
With the autumn smartphone upgrade cycle about to start, with the recent launch of new Samsung foldable models and the new iPhone, many mobile users will be considering purchasing their first 5G phone. Opensignal has again looked at the 5G experience to see how it compares globally
Opensignal analyzed the impact of different amounts of 5G and 4G spectrum on the overall 5G mobile experience of our users. Our research shows that users in Germany, Italy and the UK saw significantly faster 5G average download speeds when they were also connected to additional amounts of 4G spectrum, through older 4G technology.
To understand what the new normal looks like for mobile experience, Opensignal is updating our previous analysis of the impact of the pandemic and changed user behavior on the mobile experience with new data.