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

Canada and Bolivia lead the Americas in our video experience analysis

Posted on October 16, 2018 by Kevin Fitchard

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...

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Canada and Bolivia lead the Americas in our video experience analysis

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

Posted on September 24, 2018 by Marketing

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...

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

Opensignal pioneers the measurement of mobile video experience

Posted on September 18, 2018 by Marketing

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...

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OpenSignal pioneers the measurement of mobile video experience

South Australia smashes it in 4G download speeds

Posted on September 13, 2018 by Peter Boyland

Domestic cricket gets underway in Australia in October – and South Australia will certainly be hoping to put in a better innings this summer than they did in last season's Sheffield Shield...

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South Australia smashes it in 4G download speeds

Which cities rank highest in 4G speed and availability in Brazil?

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Kevin Fitchard

Brazil is a country not only of big natural landscapes but also of humongous cities. It lays claim to more than a dozen metropoles with over a 1 million residents — and a lot of those folks have 4G...

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Which cities rank highest in 4G speed and availability in Brazil?

With new models, Apple will raise mobile network speeds

Posted on September 10, 2018 by Ian Fogg

In 2018, Apple is on the “speed” or “S” year in its normal two-year iPhone update cycle: Apple usually launches a new iPhone design one year, then the next year it keeps the exterior design the same...

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How mobile is boosting LATAM economies

Posted: Oct 30, 2017

In just a few days, Bogotá will be hosting the GSMA’s annual mobile conference in Latin America as part of the Mobile 360 Series. Bringing together an impressive line-up, Mobile 360 LATAM is a giant, multi-day brainstorming session covering everything in the mobile industry from mobile money to the Internet of things to the much awaited 5G.

Malaysia’s 4G is on a roll

Posted: Oct 17, 2017

It’s been four years since Malaysia’s first LTE networks came online, and in that time, the country has established itself as a solid 4G player.

In OpenSignal's State of Mobile Networks: Malaysia report, published today, four of the six operators (Celcom, DiGI, Maxis and Yes) were able to provide 4G services over 70% of the time, and two of them - Maxis and Yes - are offering 4G download speeds above the global average. But all operators showed 3G speeds on the slow side.

Measuring peak speed for UK operators

Posted: Sep 28, 2017

Today OpenSignal published its first Mobile Networks Update for the U.K., which shows that LTE accessibility is steadily improving across Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Apart from the update on our core mobile data metrics, OpenSignal decided to provide a little bit of extra analysis for this report. Specifically, we're applying our new peak speed metric to the U.K. to examine the optimal experience on 3, EE, O2 and Vodafone's 4G networks.

Now that the data deluge is over, Jio's speeds are increasing

Posted: Sep 19, 2017

In a few weeks OpenSignal will release its second State of Mobile Networks report for India, but in the interim we thought we share some of the interesting trend data we're seeing from India's most headline-grabbing operator, Reliance Jio. As we pointed out in our last India report, Jio’s rush to add subscribers has come with challenges. Since launching a year ago, the 4G-only operator has garnered more than 100 million subscribers, all enticed by its offers of free, nearly unlimited data.

How speed test app Meteor can boost your mobile gaming experience

Posted: Sep 13, 2017

This has probably happened to you before. You are playing a first-person shooter (FPS) but you find yourself losing terribly because you are a few milliseconds behind everyone else. You might be a great FPS player, but there’s no way you can overcome that monstrous lag time. Your opponents will shoot you before you even see them on your screen.

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Measuring the Consumer Mobile Experience: Let’s Get the Facts Straight

Posted: Sep 06, 2017

When we founded OpenSignal 7 years ago, we had a very specific goal in mind. We sought an alternative to the old way of measuring mobile network performance. Instead of packing a car full of test gear and then driving around searching for signals, we decided to focus on the consumer. We felt what mattered most to consumers were the actual speeds and availability they experienced on their phones, not some abstract representation of network performance based on test equipment.

Analyzing the impact of unlimited data in the US

Posted: Aug 02, 2017

Last week OpenSignal unveiled a new experimental metric called average peak speed, which is designed to gauge a network’s full data connection capabilities under optimal conditions. We kicked off our analysis of peak speed with a look at India’s four nationwide LTE operators, but in conjunction with OpenSignal’s State of Mobile Networks: USA report, released today, we’re applying our peak speed metric to the U.S. big four.

Introducing OpenSignal's new peak speed metric

Posted: Jul 24, 2017

Every few years, operators announce some big new network or network enhancement that promises to blow the doors off whatever our current mobile data speeds happen to be at the time. We see press releases proclaiming 300 Mbps, 600 Mbps, even 800 Mbps connections. But when these promised super networks finally arrive, the speeds that filter down to our smartphones and tablets are much slower. How does a 300 Mbps network suddenly produce a 25 Mbps connection?