Opensignal Insights

News and views on real-world mobile experience from our independent team of analysts and experts

2020 Predictions — what's in Opensignal's crystal ball for the next year?

Posted on November 19, 2019

In the world of telecoms, 2019 will probably be remembered as the year 5G got serious, going from a few initial test networks to reach millions of users in dozens of markets worldwide. So what can we...

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TPG users’ download speed and video experience evolve in different directions

Posted on November 14, 2019

New mobile network operator, TPG, launched a new service at the start of 2019 in an unusual way. They have initially offered unlimited mobile data for 12 months, including unlimited mobile calls...

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Indonesian users in sparsely-populated rural areas connect to 4G more than 70% of the time

Posted on November 12, 2019

Indonesia is the largest Southeast Asian country by both geography and population. Stretching more than 3,000 miles from east to west and 1,000 miles from north to south, Indonesia is composed of 17,...

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Understanding why so many German smartphone users are still 3G-only

Posted on November 7, 2019

Opensignal analyzed the mobile experience of our German smartphone users who have never accessed mobile data on a 4G network (we are calling this group of users “3G-only” users in the rest of our...

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Malaysian users in thinly-populated rural areas connect to 4G just 44% of the time

Posted on October 31, 2019

In a strategic position at the heart of South East Asia, Malaysia is among the more urbanized ASEAN countries. After decades of migration from rural and remote areas, more than 70% of its population...

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Comparing users across Singtel group highlights Voice, Video and Download speed differences

Posted on October 31, 2019

Opensignal has analyzed the experience of our users across Singtel group’s mobile operator subsidiaries and regional associates — where Singtel owns a proportion of the company — to see how they...

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How to hasten US 3G switch-off to accelerate 5G

Posted: Nov 21, 2019

At the dawn of 5G, there are still a significant number of U.S. users on 3G networks that have never even connected to a 4G network. This creates an interesting challenge as U.S. carriers are hungry for more mid-band spectrum so they can more widely deploy 5G services. There is a scarcity of prime mid-band 5G spectrum in the U.S. as compared with other countries.

Understanding why so many German smartphone users are still 3G-only

Posted: Nov 07, 2019

Opensignal analyzed the mobile experience of our German smartphone users who have never accessed mobile data on a 4G network (we are calling this group of users “3G-only” users in the rest of our analysis). We found that 81.4% of our 3G-only users had a 4G-capable smartphone and visited areas where 4G exists — indicating that the most likely reason they have not used 4G is because they did not have a 4G subscription.

In the Philippines, the urban-rural 4G Availability divide varies by region

Posted: Oct 29, 2019

Being an archipelago comprised of over 7,000 islands whose topography is mostly mountainous, the Philippines can pose a challenge to mobile network operators looking to expand into its rural regions. When adding to the equation a monsoon season that lasts for five months and can cause devastating disruption, it becomes clear why providing rural coverage is easier said than done.

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