Opensignal Insights

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

Latency is the new 5G speed battleground which will enable XR and AR

Posted on March 8, 2019

For many kinds of immersive interactive media, mobile download speed is not the only important measure of speed. For mixed or extended reality (XR), augmented reality (AR), 360-degree videos, and...

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Bristol - the UK's fastest city in 4G Download Experience

Posted on March 7, 2019

Bristol has always been a city of explorers. John Cabot and William Weston set sail from the city on their historic voyages to the New World, while the maritime port enjoys a certain ignominy as the...

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Mexico's 3 biggest cities buck the trend of urban 4G inconsistency

Posted on March 6, 2019

Opensignal’s latest report on the 5G opportunity highlighted how smartphone users often experience wide fluctuations in 4G Download Speed throughout the day, and that speeds at the quietest hour can...

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Users in Mexico City experience worse 4G speeds during most of the day compared to other cities

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

Posted on February 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...

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

Owners of the newest, most popular iPhone don't experience the best speeds

Posted on February 15, 2019

Two of the leading smartphone makers, Apple and Samsung, have both recently reported a slowing smartphone market because consumers are struggling to see the benefits of the latest models and are...

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Owners of the newest, most popular iPhone don't experience the best speeds

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

Posted on January 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,...

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Vodafone's 4G dominance under threat in Italy's regions

Posted: Jul 19, 2018

Italy is a wonderfully colourful nation with a proud regional heritage, perhaps best reflected in its rich and varied cuisine, which is famed the world over. In the North, Bologna is the home of the true ragu, while Parma has its hams and cheeses. Towards the centre of the country, Rome lays claim to carbonara and amatriciana pasta sauces, whereas Umbria is known for its pork products, especially salami and prosciutto. In the South, Naples prides itself on inventing pizza, Campania has Buffalo Mozzarella, while Calabria is known for its spicy pepper dishes.

The 5G investment conundrum: Cutting through the hype

Posted: Jul 04, 2018

As we move into the second half of 2018, the hype around 5G shows no signs of diminishing. There was palpable excitement about the next generation of mobile networks at Mobile World Congress in February, driven by flashy demos from vendors touting their network solutions. And at the FIFA World Cup football tournament in Russia at the moment, local operators MTS and MegaFon are demonstrating the technology in special 5G trial zones.

Explaining the huge gap between fastest and slowest 4G upload speeds in the US

Posted: Jun 20, 2018

With our summer U.S. report around the corner, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight a metric that will feature in OpenSignal's U.S. reports going forward. That metric is upload speed, and it's becoming an increasingly important measure of the consumer mobile data experience. When the 4G age dawned, download speed was king as it determined how quickly we could surf the internet and the quality of mobile video.

AT&T looks to content as Verizon signals a shift to 5G

Posted: Jun 18, 2018

The approval of AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner signals big changes in the US telecoms market. AT&T gains access to Time Warner's huge content library, including TV and movie giants HBO, CNN, TBS, TNT and Warner Bros. This content will undoubtedly boost AT&T's bundled offering, and the operator has indicated it could find its way to mobile screens via its DirecTV Now mobile app. Look out for 20-minute Game of Thrones mobile episodes on a device near you.

OpenSignal highlights the incredible growth of 4G in India to future civil service leaders

Posted: Jun 14, 2018

Our most recent analysis of the India mobile market has shown the country's networks are going from strength to strength as competition reaches fever pitch. This has meant that OpenSignal's measurements, based on billions of measurements collected by over 700,000 devices in our latest State of Mobile Networks: India report, are more vital than ever in helping the country's operators improve their mobile network user experience.