Opensignal Insights

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

Cricket fans at this summer's World Cup can expect a Very Good Video Experience

Posted on July 3, 2019 by Peter Boyland

Peter Boyland, Senior AnalystMillions of sports fans are flocking to the Cricket World Cup in England and Wales this summer for six weeks of the best ODI action. And a lot of these supporters will be...

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The fastest cities in Mexico for mobile broadband are in the north

Posted on June 27, 2019 by Kevin Fitchard

Kevin Fitchard, Principal AnalystThe city of Chihuahua has quite the namesake. It lends its name not only to the famous breed of miniature dog known for its outsized bark but also to the popular semi...

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Mobile video in Thailand is slow to load and experiences frequent interruptions

Posted on June 27, 2019 by Kevin Fitchard

Kevin Fitchard, Principal AnalystIn our recent Mobile Network Experience report on Thailand, we found that Thai operators excelled in 4G Availability, providing a level of 4G access nearly unmatched...

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Top US summer vacation spots for a great mobile experience

Posted on June 26, 2019 by Kevin Fitchard

Kevin Fitchard, Principal AnalystAs the summer months get into full swing, families across the U.S. are planning their balmy-weather vacations. And regardless of whether you are a seasoned or casual...

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3G and 4G networks remained widely available during Argentina's blackout

Posted on June 20, 2019 by Francesco Rizzato

Francesco Rizzato, Senior Technical AnalystOpensignal observed an impact on our Argentinian users’ experience following the massive electrical failure which occurred shortly after 7 a.m. on Sunday,...

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Argentina's 4G Availability during 16 June power outage

5G smartphone users experience 111.8 Mbps average download speed

Posted on June 20, 2019 by Ian Fogg

Ian Fogg, VP Analysis5G is here, but how fast is it? In the first country to see widespread 5G adoption, South Korea, Opensignal’s analytics reveals the average download speed of 5G smartphone owners...

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Operators’ spectrum use helps explain UK users’ 4G Download Speeds

Posted: May 14, 2019

Francesco Rizzato, Senior Technical Analyst

In Opensignal’s latest U.K. national report we observed that users experienced widely different 4G Download Speeds on the four major mobile networks. EE led the group with a 4G Download Speed of 32.5 Mbps, more than 8 Mbps ahead of Vodafone (24.3 Mbps), 11 Mbps ahead of 3 (21.6 Mbps) and double the speed of O2 (15.8 Mbps). But why does users’ experience vary so much across the U.K.'s operators?

Latin American cities’ 4G Download Speeds vary significantly round-the-clock

Posted: May 13, 2019

Hardik Khatri, Technical Analyst

Opensignal has analyzed 4G Download Speeds experienced by our users on smartphones across six of the largest cities in Latin America: Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Lima, Mexico City, Santiago, and São Paulo. We discovered that our users in São Paulo enjoyed the fastest speeds with an average 4G Download Speed score of 21.3 Mbps, marginally faster than Mexico City by 0.3 Mbps. Meanwhile, our users in Buenos Aires experienced the slowest speeds, with average 4G Download Speeds of 16.2 Mbps.

Java's cities are falling behind their provincial counterparts in Indonesian mobile broadband speeds

Posted: May 07, 2019

Kevin Fitchard, Principal Analyst

Java may be the political, population and economic center of Indonesia, but in mobile broadband speed, Java looks rather provincial, according to Opensignal's analysis of 44 of the largest cities in the country. In fact, to find the fastest download and upload speeds, you have to look to the far corners of Indonesia, to cities where you wouldn't expect to find the most advanced mobile networks.

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

Posted: May 02, 2019

Kevin Fitchard, Principal Analyst

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 to mobile phones, one host city has beaten both Rio and São Paulo — Porto Alegre. In our analysis of the five Brazilan cities hosting Copa América matches, we found that Porto Alegre scored highest in Opensignal's Video Experience metric.

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

Posted: Apr 11, 2019

Francesco Rizzato, Senior Technical Analyst

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 at all times of the day. Opensignal's data shows our smartphone users on average enjoy 14.8 Mbps in download speed when they access the internet using cellular networks — which we measured by looking at all 3G and 4G readings — but only 8.8 Mbps in download speed when connected to Wifi.

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

Posted: Apr 04, 2019

Francesco Rizzato, Senior Technical Analyst

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 similar mobile experience at quiet times at night, differences between operators emerged during the day when their networks became busy.

Dhanbad: India's hottest city for 4G Availability

Posted: Mar 28, 2019

Peter Boyland, Senior Analyst

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 Opensignal's hottest city for 4G Availability.