Opensignal Insights

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

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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Mobile Experience in Rural USA - An Operator Comparison

Posted on September 24, 2019

U.S. mobile operators are launching 5G networks in a multitude of cities, with urban smartphone users now experiencing some of the fastest real-world mobile download speeds to date to build on the...

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Mobile Experience in the rural US

5G users now experience max download speeds over 1000 Mbps in 4 countries

Posted on September 13, 2019

As more operators in more countries launch 5G services, Opensignal has again analyzed the maximum speed that our 5G smartphone users have experienced, updating our previous analysis of 5G maximum...

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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.

Parts of rural Germany see less than 50% 4G Availability

Posted: Jul 17, 2019

In our recent analysis, we found that the average 4G Availability in rural Germany was 73.5% experienced by our users, compared with 82.2% in urban areas. In this follow-up insight, we analyzed the range and spread of rural 4G Availability — which is a measure of the proportion of time our users with a 4G device and subscription were able to get a 4G connection — in the more remote parts of the country.

Hyderabad is India's top student city for Time on Wifi

Posted: Jul 17, 2019

The month of July sees millions of students heading to India's universities to continue their education, spread their wings and meet new friends. The proliferation of cheap mobile data plans in recent years means that most of them will already have smartphones connected to 4G networks. But the demands of studying and a busy social life mean they will often need Wifi connections to fall back on. So where are Indians connecting to Wifi the most among the top university destinations?

South Africa leads the continent in mobile network experience

Posted: Jul 09, 2019

Opensignal's recent State of Mobile Network Experience report ranked 87 of the world's mobile nations across our key metrics, with the usual suspects – Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, and South Korea – topping our global rankings. But how did mobile-first markets in Africa stack up against each other? We compared 10 mobile markets from the continent — and the winners weren't necessarily who you would expect.