Opensignal Insights

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

3G and 4G networks remained widely available during Argentina's blackout

Posted on June 20, 2019

Opensignal observed an impact on our Argentinian users’ experience following the massive electrical failure which occurred shortly after 7 a.m. on Sunday, 16 June. However, despite the blackout...

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Argentina's 4G Availability during 16 June power outage

5G smartphone users experience 111.8 Mbps average download speed

Posted on June 20, 2019

5G is here, but how fast is it? In the first country to see widespread 5G adoption, South Korea, Opensignal’s analytics reveals the average download speed of 5G smartphone owners is 111.8 Mbps or 48...

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The winner of the Opensignal Copa América hails from outside South America

Posted on June 18, 2019

In the 103-year history of the Copa América, no team outside of CONMEBOL has won South America's most prestigious national football tournament, despite the fact that squads from other federations...

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Germany's rural 4G users still spend one-fourth of their time on 3G and 2G networks

Posted on June 13, 2019

In the first quarter of 2019, our smartphone users in Germany could on average access the internet over 4G networks 82.2% of the time when they were in the urban districts, but this dropped to just...

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Germany's smartphone users living in rural districts experience lower 4G Availability

Cyclone Fani’s impact on India’s mobile networks lasted three weeks

Posted on June 12, 2019

On Friday 3 May, Eastern India was battered by Cyclone Fani, one of the strongest storms to hit the country in the last 20 years. The cyclone made landfall near Puri, a popular destination for...

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Cyclone Fani's impact on access to 3G and 4G networks in India

Canada's 4G networks are well prepared for the 5G revolution

Posted on June 7, 2019

Canada may not be moving as quickly as its larger neighbor to the south in rolling out 5G, but given the power of its 4G networks, Canada isn't likely feeling the same pressure as the U.S. to move to...

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Big swings in urban 4G speeds highlight why the US needs 5G

Posted: Feb 20, 2019

Wildly seesawing 4G speeds throughout the day are common in U.S. cities. Over a 24-hour period consumers in major metro areas will often see their 4G Download Speeds drop by 20 Mbps or more as consumer demand increases and networks become more congested. It's not a issue that should be taken lightly. The consistency of our network connections will determine the mobile content and services they are able to support. Developers are forced to design their apps for the slowest speeds seen throughout the day, which is precisely the time most consumers want to use those apps.

Why confidence intervals are vital in analyzing mobile network experience

Posted: Feb 13, 2019

In the world of scientific experiments there is no such thing as an exact measurement. Instead, the standard scientific approach is to deal in degrees of confidence. Things we have greater confidence in are things that we can state to a higher degree of precision, but no matter how well we measure something it will never get to the point where it can be stated as an absolute number. Scientists represent this level of precision with what is known as “confidence intervals”, a standard that has been adopted in all industries and domains across the globe.

Amsterdam tops Europe's rugby cities for 4G video loading

Posted: Jan 31, 2019

This month sees the start of the 6 Nations rugby championship — one of the oldest competitions in the sport featuring the cream of European rugby union. And from the moment these games kick off, there will be millions of fans looking to stream live video feeds and highlights to their mobile phones across the continent. But how many of these fans wanting to see the top tries and tackles will be frustrated by waiting for their mobile videos to load?

The Race for Network Leadership is Heating Up in Opensignal’s latest U.S. Mobile Network Experience Report

Posted: Jan 24, 2019

Today marks the seventh time we release our semi-annual industry report on the state of mobile networks in the U.S. And what a report it is!

We’ve seen major moves from Verizon (winning 3 out of 5 awards) with T-Mobile hot on their heels and AT&T and Sprint playing catch up. Video is an important new addition to our U.S. report -- with US operators improving but still behind when compared to their global neighbors. And while everyone is talking 5G, 4G availability in the U.S. is at an all-time high, as more mobile users are able to connect to LTE signals than ever before.

Mobile latency improvements help Germany's challengers take on Telekom's dominance

Posted: Jan 24, 2019

According to OpenSignal's analysis of Latency Experience in Germany, there have been some notable improvements on the networks of some of the key operators over the second half of 2018. And these improvements are allowing Germany's other operators to challenge the dominance of market leader Telekom. Our Latency Experience metric is calculated as an average of the individual 3G and 4G latency measurements based on the proportion of time OpenSignal users spend connected to each network type. A lower score in this metric is a sign of a more responsive network.

India's 4G download speeds are up to 4.5 times faster at night

Posted: Jan 23, 2019

OpenSignal has measured 4G download speeds across 20 of India's largest cities and observed that smartphone users experience varying speeds depending on the city they live in: while Navi Mumbai scored 8.1 Mbps in average LTE download speed in our measurements, Allahabad came last with an average of 4.0 Mbps – half the speed.