Opensignal Insights

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

5G in USA is here, but in need of fresh spectrum to thrive

Posted on October 22, 2019

While operators have launched commercial 5G services in a number of countries in 2019, the experience of 5G users is still extremely uneven. In our most recent look at 5G, Opensignal reveals that in...

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Mobile Experience in the USA — The Urban-Rural Divide

Posted on October 21, 2019

In our second U.S. rural analysis (see the first part here), we have investigated smartphone users’ mobile experience in the 50 states using the urban and rural definitions by the U.S. Census Bureau...

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The Mobile Experience divide in the USA: Download Speed Experience

Breaking the myth: fast download speed is not equal to good video experience in the US

Posted on October 11, 2019

Ever since smartphone users started consuming video on their phones, it’s become a common assumption that fast download speeds translate to a good mobile video experience. While speed is certainly an...

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Faster speed does not always mean better Video Experience

The difference between Australian rural and urban mobile network experience

Posted on October 10, 2019

Opensignal’s latest analysis of Australian’s mobile network experience reveals striking differences in the experience of our users across the breadth of the country using the three major operators:...

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Switzerland’s topography hardly impacts mobile experience

Posted on October 9, 2019

Switzerland is moving fast into the 5G era. Despite the challenges posed by its geography, including two mountain ranges — the Alps and the Jura — which combined cover about 70% of the territory, two...

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Mobile experience in Switzerland, by geographic area

The state of rural Canada’s Mobile Network Experience

Posted on September 25, 2019

For the second largest country in the world by land mass, mobile experience in rural areas is a hot topic, particularly when considering the high relative prices that rural Canadians pay for...

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Hyderabad is India's top student city for Time on Wifi

Posted: Jul 17, 2019

The month of July sees millions of students heading to India's universities to continue their education, spread their wings and meet new friends. The proliferation of cheap mobile data plans in recent years means that most of them will already have smartphones connected to 4G networks. But the demands of studying and a busy social life mean they will often need Wifi connections to fall back on. So where are Indians connecting to Wifi the most among the top university destinations?

South Africa leads the continent in mobile network experience

Posted: Jul 09, 2019

Opensignal's recent State of Mobile Network Experience report ranked 87 of the world's mobile nations across our key metrics, with the usual suspects – Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, and South Korea – topping our global rankings. But how did mobile-first markets in Africa stack up against each other? We compared 10 mobile markets from the continent — and the winners weren't necessarily who you would expect. 

Smartphone users in Melbourne and Sydney experience 4G Download Speeds 15 Mbps slower during busy times

Posted: Jul 05, 2019

Opensignal analyzed 4G Download Speeds experienced by our users in Australia’s two most populous cities — Melbourne and Sydney. We noticed a consistent trend in both cities: our users on all three of the country's main networks — Optus, Telstra, and Vodafone — experienced a wide range of 4G Download Speeds during different hours of the day likely due to congestion, with download speeds decreasing through the day.

Cricket fans at this summer's World Cup can expect a Very Good Video Experience

Posted: Jul 03, 2019

Millions of sports fans are flocking to the Cricket World Cup in England and Wales this summer for six weeks of the best ODI action. And a lot of these supporters will be watching the highlights of their favorite team's best wickets and boundaries on-the-go on their smartphones. But what quality of video streaming can they expect in the U.K.'s cities where all the action is taking place?

The fastest cities in Mexico for mobile broadband are in the north

Posted: Jun 27, 2019

The city of Chihuahua has quite the namesake. It lends its name not only to the famous breed of miniature dog known for its outsized bark but also to the popular semi-soft cheese that originates from the surrounding dairyland. According to Opensignal's latest analysis of the 20 of the largest cities in Mexico, though, Chihuahua could just as well be synonymous with fast mobile broadband speeds. The city topped our chart in Download Speed Experience and was among the fastest in Upload Speed Experience.

Top US summer vacation spots for a great mobile experience

Posted: Jun 26, 2019

As the summer months get into full swing, families across the U.S. are planning their balmy-weather vacations. And regardless of whether you are a seasoned or casual holiday traveller, the smartphone has become a critical tool on any journey to a new locale. The mobile internet helps us plan activities and make reservations. Navigation apps help us find our way from the hotel to points of interest. Our camera phones have replaced the point-and-shooters that were once mainstays on any trip.