Opensignal Insights

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

How to hasten US 3G switch-off to accelerate 5G

Posted on December 18, 2019

At the dawn of 5G, there are still a significant number of U.S. users on 3G networks that have never even connected to a 4G network. This creates an interesting challenge as U.S. carriers are hungry...

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Malaysia's disparity in mobile network connectivity: an operator level view

Posted on December 18, 2019

In our last analysis, we found that Malaysian users in thinly populated rural areas connect to 4G just 44% of the time. Now, we have delved deeper into the existing urban-rural disparity to...

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Smart users see superior 4G Availability and much faster download speeds in urban & rural areas

Posted on December 12, 2019

In a recent insight, Opensignal analyzed the urban-rural divide in the Philippines when it comes to 4G Availability and Download Speed Experience. We found 4G Availability to be 14 percentage points...

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Opensignal 2020 Predictions for USA and Canada

Posted on December 12, 2019

 PredictionsIn the 2020 presidential election, users in Democrat states will have a better mobile experience than those in GOP statesSpectrum constraints will make it difficult for the U.S. to...

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Brazil: 4G Upload Speeds in the 12 largest cities vary significantly around the clock

Posted on December 11, 2019

For decades user experience on mobile internet has been largely defined by download speeds, but with changing usage patterns and consumption habits upload speed is becoming increasingly important....

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Brazil upload speeds by time of the day

Only Callao and Lima Province beat Peru's averages in mobile experience

Posted on December 6, 2019

Mobile experience is heavily influenced by whether a user can access 4G at any time. In Peru, 4G Availability is seen to vary by region, ranging from as little as 68.1 in Pasco, to as high as 88.2 in...

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Understanding why so many German smartphone users are still 3G-only

Posted: Nov 07, 2019

Opensignal analyzed the mobile experience of our German smartphone users who have never accessed mobile data on a 4G network (we are calling this group of users “3G-only” users in the rest of our analysis). We found that 81.4% of our 3G-only users had a 4G-capable smartphone and visited areas where 4G exists — indicating that the most likely reason they have not used 4G is because they did not have a 4G subscription.

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

Posted: Oct 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. When adding to the equation a monsoon season that lasts for five months and can cause devastating disruption, it becomes clear why providing rural coverage is easier said than done.