Opensignal Insights

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

One Brazilian host city is better prepared than others to stream the Copa América to mobile phones

Posted on May 2, 2019

Rio de Janeiro's Maracanã or São Paulo's Morumbi may be the premier stadiums for this year's Copa América, but when it comes to streaming the actual matches of Latin America's biggest football event...

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Rio de Janeiro: 4G Availability surges thanks to 700 MHz rollout

Posted on April 16, 2019

The infusion of the 700 MHz airwaves into operators’ 4G networks produced visible improvements in the national scores of our latest Brazil report as operators activated the new frequency band across...

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4G Availability in Rio de Janeiro has increased its reach since operators activated the 700 MHz band in June 2018

South Africa’s smartphone users experience faster download speeds on mobile than Wifi

Posted on April 11, 2019

Opensignal analyzed the download speeds that South African users experience when they connect to mobile networks compared to Wifi, and found that cellular technology provided faster download speeds...

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South Africa's smartphone users experience faster download speeds over cellular than Wifi at all hours of the day

Smartphone users’ daytime experience depends on their choice of operator in Santiago

Posted on April 4, 2019

Opensignal analyzed the fluctuations in 4G Download Speeds that our users in Santiago experienced throughout the day across different mobile operators. We found that, while all operators provided a...

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Santiago:4G Download Speed fluctuations throughout the day, by operator

Mobile laps - A wide variation in 4G Availability at the Berlin Half Marathon

Posted on April 4, 2019

Over 30,000 runners will take to the streets of Berlin on Sunday 7th April for the Generali Half Marathon. But with competitors using tracker apps to record their progress, not to mention the...

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Dhanbad: India's hottest city for 4G Availability

Posted on March 28, 2019

The city of Dhanbad is known as the coal capital of India, and is headquarters of some of the country's biggest coking companies in the mineral-rich Jharkhand state. And now Dhanbad is on fire as...

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The Mid-Atlantic is a hot zone for mobile download speed in the US

Posted: Nov 14, 2018

Only one state or commonwealth can claim to have the fastest mobile broadband speeds in the union, and that state is New Jersey. In OpenSignal's analysis of the lower 48, we found that the Garden State outperformed its peers in both our overall speed metrics, with an average download connection of 24.1 Mbps and an average upload connection of 7.1 Mbps.

MTN takes the prize in a close South Africa video experience race

Posted: Nov 13, 2018

OpenSignal's recent report on the South Africa mobile market showed something of a two-horse race. While Vodacom dominated our awards table, taking six out of seven of our mobile experience crowns, MTN won our coveted 4G availability award and came a close second in almost all our other categories. But in our new video experience analysis, MTN didn't have to settle for second in the awards table: it scored a narrow win over Vodacom in our overall video experience measurements.

Europe shone in our mobile video experience analysis – but the winner wasn't who you'd expect

Posted: Oct 23, 2018

Last month, OpenSignal published its inaugural State of Mobile Video report, which analyzed how consumers experienced video over mobile networks in 69 countries around the world. And the headline news is: a European country came top of our analysis. But it wasn't one you would expect. As part of a series of blog posts looking at specific regions we cover, we're now taking an in-depth look at the mobile video experience in Europe, and how the countries fared against each other.

Canada and Bolivia lead the Americas in our video experience analysis

Posted: Oct 16, 2018

OpenSignal recently published its first State of Mobile Video report, which analyzed how consumers experienced video over mobile networks in 69 countries around the world. Now we're drilling down into the specifics of various regions, starting first with the Americas. We found that compared to Europe, the Americas didn't rate as highly on our video scale. While the video experience in North and South American countries is by no means bad, there is definitely room for improvement.

Strong US TV and video market leads to controversial mobile network prioritization solutions

Posted: Sep 24, 2018

One of the most controversial practices that mobile operators can be accused of is prioritizing certain types of network traffic over others, or limiting the quality of video which consumers can stream. Operators in the U.S. are often criticized for being heavy-handed in such network management practices compared with other countries, and these attacks often paint the operators as backward compared with the best mobile networks in other parts of the world such as Europe and Asia.

Opensignal pioneers the measurement of mobile video experience

Posted: Sep 18, 2018

Today Opensignal is taking a huge step forward in the way mobile services are measured and quantified. We've introduced a new analysis of mobile video experience that rates the quality of video streamed from the internet to the mobile device.

In the words of our CEO, Brendan Gill, “Taking another leap forward in our real-world measurement philosophy and approach, we are now analyzing how consumers experience the specific services they use on their mobile phones. Video experience analysis represents a major step forward towards our vision.”