Opensignal Insights

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

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

Posted on January 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...

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

What’s in store for mobile in 2019? Opensignal’s predictions for the coming year

Posted on January 2, 2019

It’s been a pretty busy year here at Opensignal. And 2018 was an interesting time in the mobile world overall, with data abuse and increased regulation casting something of a shadow over some of the ...

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Voila! The fastest city in Canada for mobile speeds is Montreal

Posted on December 19, 2018

The fastest mobile data speeds in Canada have a particularly francophone flair. Montreal topped both our download and upload charts in OpenSignal’s analysis of fastest cities for overall speed in...

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New Jersey offers the best video experience in the lower 48 US states

Posted on December 13, 2018

A few weeks ago, we examined how the lower-48 states in the U.S. stacked up in terms of overall speed, and we discovered an interesting pattern: The states with fastest download speeds were largely...

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Singapore’s secret mobile broadband weapon: Latency

Posted on December 12, 2018

When it comes to download and upload speeds, few countries can match the raw power of Singapore’s LTE networks. But Singapore doesn’t just shine in connection throughput. It’s also a global leader in...

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Multiple operators across the globe hit simultaneously by Ericsson network outage

Posted on December 11, 2018

OpenSignal has identified that December 6th’s mobile network outage hit multiple operators at the same time across the globe.Analyzing availability data for 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies across...

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Time spent on Wifi in the US falls as users move to unlimited plans

Posted: Apr 19, 2018

Over the past year or so, unlimited data has really taken off in the U.S., with all four of the big players launching competitive plans to try to get a bigger piece of the market. But just because consumers are eating up more data via cellular, it doesn't mean they've stopped using Wifi – although we're seeing signs they're moderating their usage. It's been a year since our first look at the time U.S. consumers spent connected to Wifi, versus using data via their cellular networks.

Patna beats the tech hubs in India 4G availability

Posted: Apr 05, 2018

The Indian city of Patna, once known as Pataliputra, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world, and was once a capital on ancient India. History isn't the only thing Patna should be proud of. Patna is currently top of OpenSignal's league table for 4G availability. It's jumped ahead of the trendy tech hubs in the south and west of India in our 4G availability metric, which measures where users can get access to an LTE connection more of the time.

OpenSignal’s UK tests show EE has the best video experience

Posted: Apr 05, 2018

OpenSignal's new State of Mobile Networks report for the U.K. shows that access to 4G signals is increasing at a rapid clip across the country, meaning more people have access to a fast mobile broadband connection more often and in more places. That's particularly good news for those partial to using their phones as miniature TV screens. In a recent analysis of U.K. mobile services, OpenSignal found the video streaming experience to be a high quality one across all four operators' 4G connections.

OpenSignal tests show Telcel has the fastest upstream connections in Mexico

Posted: Mar 22, 2018

Got a massive file to upload or want to stream live video from your phone? In Mexico at least, Telcel is the operator best equipped to handle either feat, according to OpenSignal's latest tests. We put Mexico under the lens of our new experimental upload metric and found that in 4G, Telcel beats out both AT&T and Movistar, averaging upstream connections of 11.7 Mbps.

Imagine a World

Posted: Mar 21, 2018

We started Opensignal eight years ago with a simple idea: The world needs access to independent and accurate data on mobile coverage and connectivity. Back then, if you wanted to find out which mobile provider would offer you the best service, the only option you had was to walk into one of the provider’s stores and ask. This experience usually involved seeing an overly optimistic network coverage map and very positive reassurance from the salesperson. Yet, we would never accept this situation in other parts of our lives.

As 4G reach in Latin America improves, so does the consumer experience

Posted: Mar 05, 2018

OpenSignal recently published its State of LTE report, examining 4G speed and 4G reach in 88 countries in the 4th quarter of 2017. Today, we're drilling down into a specific region, Latin America, to see how the 4G experience compares in the 14 Central, North and South American countries included in that report. As you can see from the charts below, there's a broad range of speeds across the region as well as a big variation between the level of LTE access among these 14 countries.

Europe’s 4G speeds rise while the rest of the world stalls

Posted: Feb 20, 2018

While much of the world witnessed a stall in 4G speeds in 2017, Europe managed to provide faster download speeds to users than ever before. But while the continent has long secured itself as a steady 4G power, as we look closer at the various regions we can spot several significant differences in the progress and pace of LTE development.