Opensignal Insights

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

5G in USA is here, but in need of fresh spectrum to thrive

Posted on October 22, 2019

While operators have launched commercial 5G services in a number of countries in 2019, the experience of 5G users is still extremely uneven. In our most recent look at 5G, Opensignal reveals that in...

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Mobile Experience in the USA — The Urban-Rural Divide

Posted on October 21, 2019

In our second U.S. rural analysis (see the first part here), we have investigated smartphone users’ mobile experience in the 50 states using the urban and rural definitions by the U.S. Census Bureau...

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The Mobile Experience divide in the USA: Download Speed Experience

Breaking the myth: fast download speed is not equal to good video experience in the US

Posted on October 11, 2019

Ever since smartphone users started consuming video on their phones, it’s become a common assumption that fast download speeds translate to a good mobile video experience. While speed is certainly an...

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Faster speed does not always mean better Video Experience

The difference between Australian rural and urban mobile network experience

Posted on October 10, 2019

Opensignal’s latest analysis of Australian’s mobile network experience reveals striking differences in the experience of our users across the breadth of the country using the three major operators:...

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Switzerland’s topography hardly impacts mobile experience

Posted on October 9, 2019

Switzerland is moving fast into the 5G era. Despite the challenges posed by its geography, including two mountain ranges — the Alps and the Jura — which combined cover about 70% of the territory, two...

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Mobile experience in Switzerland, by geographic area

The state of rural Canada’s Mobile Network Experience

Posted on September 25, 2019

For the second largest country in the world by land mass, mobile experience in rural areas is a hot topic, particularly when considering the high relative prices that rural Canadians pay for...

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Philippines 4G Download Speeds twice as fast in the capital at congested times

Posted: Sep 05, 2019

Opensignal analyzed the fluctuations in 4G Download Speeds that our users in the Philippines experienced throughout the day across different regions. We found that, while all users experienced similar speeds at quiet times at night, bigger differences between regions emerged during the day when networks became busy, with our users in Metropolitan Manila — the National Capital Region (NCR) — experiencing significantly faster speeds at congested times.

Brazil's urban mobile users connect twice as much to 4G

Posted: Aug 27, 2019

Brazil is showing some keen signs of development — both in its mobile network experience and in its economy as a whole. But South America's largest market still faces a number of challenges as it matures — not least in the vast size of the country and the wide variations in its geography and topology, ranging from large sprawling cities and the mountainous coastal south to the vast forests of the Amazon.

Download speeds are 73% faster in Manila than in Cebu and Davao

Posted: Aug 19, 2019

Users in Manila have a distinct mobile broadband speed advantage over their counterparts in other Filippino cities. In Opensignal's analysis of Download and Upload Speed Experience in five of the Philippines largest cities, we found that Manila beat out Angeles, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu and Davao in both metrics — in many cases by very large margins.

Understanding Switzerland’s super fast 4G Download Speeds with operators’ use of spectrum

Posted: Aug 05, 2019

When it comes to great mobile network experience, Switzerland holds a strong position among the global leaders. In our recent national report we analyzed the network experience of the country’s three main operators Salt, Sunrise and Swisscom and found that our users on all three networks experienced 4G Download Speeds over 30 Mbps. But what are these operators doing to differentiate themselves in terms of fast speeds?

Competition intensifies as Singapore approaches 90% 4G Availability

Posted: Jul 26, 2019

In Opensignal’s analysis of 4G Availability in Singapore, our measurements have shown an upward trend in the past 12 months for all three national operators, but the greatest improvement was experienced by our users on StarHub’s network. From the beginning of June, 2018 until the beginning of November, 2018 the operator enhanced its 4G Availability from 82.6% to 87.1% — an outstanding boost of over 4 percentage points.

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