Opensignal Insights

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

Why US carriers have an insatiable appetite for new spectrum

Posted on December 6, 2019

Spectrum is the oil of the wireless industry. Carriers need large quantities of spectrum to fuel the networks that support hundreds of millions of Americans using their smartphones many times every...

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Switzerland shines in mobile network experience among DACH countries

Posted on December 3, 2019

In our recent analyses of global mobile networks, we've seen a pretty wide range of user experiences across Europe. This is to be expected, since the continent is home to some of the most advanced...

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2020 Predictions — what's in Opensignal's crystal ball for the next year?

Posted on November 19, 2019

In the world of telecoms, 2019 will probably be remembered as the year 5G got serious, going from a few initial test networks to reach millions of users in dozens of markets worldwide. So what can we...

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TPG users’ download speed and video experience evolve in different directions

Posted on November 14, 2019

New mobile network operator, TPG, launched a new service at the start of 2019 in an unusual way. They have initially offered unlimited mobile data for 12 months, including unlimited mobile calls...

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Indonesian users in sparsely-populated rural areas connect to 4G more than 70% of the time

Posted on November 12, 2019

Indonesia is the largest Southeast Asian country by both geography and population. Stretching more than 3,000 miles from east to west and 1,000 miles from north to south, Indonesia is composed of 17,...

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

Posted on November 7, 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...

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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.