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

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

Posted on April 11, 2019 by Francesco Rizzato

Francesco Rizzato, Senior Technical AnalystOpensignal analyzed the download speeds that South African users experience when they connect to mobile networks compared to Wifi, and found that cellular...

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South Africa's smartphone users experience faster download speeds over cellular than Wifi at all hours of the day

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

Posted on April 4, 2019 by Francesco Rizzato

Francesco Rizzato, Senior Technical AnalystOpensignal analyzed the fluctuations in 4G Download Speeds that our users in Santiago experienced throughout the day across different mobile operators. We...

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Santiago:4G Download Speed fluctuations throughout the day, by operator

Mobile laps - A wide variation in 4G Availability at the Berlin Half Marathon

Posted on April 4, 2019 by Peter Boyland

Peter Boyland, Senior AnalystOver 30,000 runners will take to the streets of Berlin on Sunday 7th April for the Generali Half Marathon. But with competitors using tracker apps to record their...

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Dhanbad: India's hottest city for 4G Availability

Posted on March 28, 2019 by Peter Boyland

Peter Boyland, Senior AnalystThe 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...

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Apple and Disney’s video launches will highlight the limitations in U.S. mobile Video Experience

Posted on March 25, 2019 by Kevin Fitchard

Kevin Fitchard, Principal AnalystApple is expected to launch its own video streaming service soon, showing just how important video has become to nearly every facet of the tech and media industries....

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Quantifying the real-world experience of 5G E

Posted on March 22, 2019 by Ian Fogg

Ian Fogg, VP AnalysisSome AT&T users in the U.S. have recently seen “5G E” appear on the status bar of their existing smartphones, replacing 4G. This move has sparked controversy because AT&T...

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New Jersey offers the best video experience in the lower 48 US states

Posted: Dec 13, 2018

A few weeks ago, we examined how the lower-48 states in the U.S. stacked up in terms of overall speed, and we discovered an interesting pattern: The states with fastest download speeds were largely concentrated on the Eastern Seaboard along the Boston-to-D.C. corridor. Today we’re taking another look at our state map, but this time we’re examining the video experience offered in each state. And again, we find a similar pattern.

Singapore’s secret mobile broadband weapon: Latency

Posted: Dec 12, 2018

When it comes to download and upload speeds, few countries can match the raw power of Singapore’s LTE networks. But Singapore doesn’t just shine in connection throughput. It’s also a global leader in latency, which is effectively the response time of a network. The lower latency is on a network, the better experience you’ll receive on a host of mobile applications and services, from web browsing to voice over IP to real-time multiplayer gaming.

Multiple operators across the globe hit simultaneously by Ericsson network outage

Posted: Dec 11, 2018

OpenSignal has identified that December 6th’s mobile network outage hit multiple operators at the same time across the globe.

Analyzing availability data for 2G, 3G and 4G mobile technologies across hundreds of networks, we found three operators where smartphone users experienced a significant and sudden drop in LTE availability: Mobifone in Vietnam; SoftBank in Japan; and O2 in the UK.

Maxis leads in Malaysia peak download speeds — but Celcom is close behind

Posted: Dec 11, 2018

Not all LTE networks are created equal, and few countries exemplify that maxim more than Malaysia. In OpenSignal’s analysis of peak download speeds in Malaysia, we found that there were vastly different capabilities across the six major operators’ networks. The fastest 4G peak speeds we measured were well over 70 Mbps, while the slowest were under 25 Mbps.

Movistar and Vodafone tied in our Spain 4G peak speed analysis

Posted: Dec 06, 2018

When it comes to mobile network speeds in Spain, it was something of a two-horse race in our last State of Mobile Networks report. Movistar won our 3G download speed award, Vodafone took both overall speed and 4G upload — but the two drew for our coveted 4G download speed prize. So we drilled down a bit deeper into our 4G download data by looking at their peak speeds, where we discovered another tie between these fierce Iberian rivals.