Opensignal Insights

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

In the Philippines, the urban-rural 4G Availability divide varies by region

Posted on October 29, 2019

Being an archipelago comprised of over 7,000 islands whose topography is mostly mountainous, the Philippines can pose a challenge to mobile network operators looking to expand into its rural regions...

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Philippines Download Speed Experience is slower in rural areas because users spend more time on 3G networks

The rollout of 700 MHz spectrum is improving mobile network experience in Brazil

Posted on October 28, 2019

Over the past year, Brazil's operators have begun rolling out 4G networks in the 700 MHz band in earnest. But what's been the impact of this bandwidth bonanza on the mobile network experience in...

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4G Availability improves in Brazils cities

Canada electoral results: How the mobile experience changes across party and location

Posted on October 25, 2019

On the back of the recent 2019 federal election in Canada, Opensignal analyzed our smartphone users’ experience based on the electoral results and found that users on average have a better mobile...

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Comparing the mobile experience between Germany’s MVNOs and the major operators

Posted on October 25, 2019

 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) rely on a partner's mobile network infrastructure and wireless spectrum to offer services to consumers. For the first time, Opensignal has quantified how the...

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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

Switzerland’s topography hardly impacts mobile experience

Posted: Oct 09, 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 mobile operators are aiming for nationwide 5G population coverage by year’s end, and the third will likely launch 5G service soon.

The state of rural Canada’s Mobile Network Experience

Posted: Sep 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 communication services compared to urban Canadians.

Brazil excels among South America's fastest mobile cities

Posted: Sep 09, 2019

The South American continent contains some of the largest cities in the world, and these metros are located in some very distinct locations. Rio de Janeiro's sun-drenched beaches are a far cry from the sweeping volcano vistas of Quito or the rainforests of Manaus. But just as the urban geography is varied in South America, so is the mobile consumer experience in its biggest cities. Opensignal has examined the download and upload speeds in 25 of South America's largest cities to see how they stacked up.

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.