Opensignal Insights

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

Apple and Disney’s video launches will highlight the limitations in U.S. mobile Video Experience

Posted on March 25, 2019

Apple is expected to launch its own video streaming service soon, showing just how important video has become to nearly every facet of the tech and media industries. And since this is Apple, we...

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Quantifying the real-world experience of 5G E

Posted on March 22, 2019

Some AT&T users in the U.S. have recently seen “5G E” appear on the status bar of their existing smartphones, replacing 4G. This move has sparked controversy because AT&T is using updated 4G...

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Netherlands cities offer a truly outstanding mobile Video Experience

Posted on March 21, 2019

The exact origins of the name Eindhoven have somewhat been lost in the annals of history. But the popular theory goes that the city name is derived from a contraction of the regional words “eind” (...

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Philippines mobile Video Experience: a big gap between operators

Posted on March 21, 2019

Opensignal’s latest report on the Philippines has highlighted how Smart closed the 4G Availability gap with the other incumbent, Globe. Smart and Globe tied for our 4G Availability award, both with...

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4G Video Load Times by Operator in the Philippines

Germany: analyzing 4G frequencies to understand the 5G auction

Posted on March 20, 2019

Spectrum holdings are a key determining factor of the mobile experience operators can deliver to their customers. This is why spectrum auctions are pivotal moments in the telecom industry which can...

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Germany: 4G Download Speed vary depending on the spectrum band

It takes less than 3 seconds for mobile video to load on Singapore's 4G networks

Posted on March 19, 2019

In Opensignal's recent State of Mobile Video report, we lauded Singapore's high achievements in Video Experience. It was one of a handful of countries that earned a Very Good score on our 100-point...

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South Australia smashes it in 4G download speeds

Posted: Sep 13, 2018

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 competition, when they ended up in last place. But the region has already beaten off its rivals to come top in OpenSignal's analysis of 4G download speeds.

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

Posted: Sep 12, 2018

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 smartphones. We decided to take a look at how Brazil's biggest cities compared in our LTE metrics, and the results may be a bit surprising. The mega-cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo weren't the leaders in our 4G availability and 4G speed measurements.

With new models, Apple will raise mobile network speeds

Posted: Sep 10, 2018

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 but updates the iPhone’s components to deliver faster performance. Historically, Apple has focused on the speed of its application processor or graphics; we believe it’s now time for Apple to talk about mobile network speeds as well.

Becoming an industry standard: Lessons learned from JD Power

Posted: Sep 06, 2018

Today it seems second nature to consult an independent standard before making an important choice. We regularly appeal to consumer ratings before choosing a hotel, movie critics before a trip to the cinema or an independent surveyor before purchasing a house. But it wasn’t always so. In fact, just a couple of decades ago independent reviews of quality were hard to come by. In many cases, the only source of information would be the suppliers you were trying to choose between, who conducted their own studies and tests that were subject, of course, to a glaring conflict of interest.

Kolkata is India's top region for 4G availability

Posted: Sep 05, 2018

Kolkata is popularly known as the City of Joy, after the novel and film of the same name. or centuries the region has been celebrated as India's capital of arts and culture — and now its citizens have yet another reason to be proud, as the metro region has topped OpenSignal's list for 4G availability.

Where to vacation in Mexico for a good 4G experience

Posted: Aug 22, 2018

Summer may be nearly over, which means Mexico's biggest national holiday is less than a month away. On Sept. 16, millions of Mexicans will celebrate their country's independence with festivals and parades while many of them take advantage of the two-day national break to vacation in other cities across the country. As people make their Independence Day plans, we thought it would be interesting to look at the type of 4G experience consumers can expect in some of Mexico's most popular tourism cities.

The US may yet catch its global peers in 4G speeds

Posted: Aug 17, 2018

OpenSignal recently published its State of Mobile Networks report for the U.S., and in it we tracked some significant increases in 4G speed across the country's mobile networks. The most interesting speed results we saw weren't on the national level; rather, they were in big cities. In New York City, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Cleveland and Kansas City we measured average LTE download speeds of 30 Mbps or greater on Verizon or T-Mobile (in some cases both).