Opensignal Insights

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

Germany and the UK can't wait for 5G to improve the mobile network experience

Posted on March 14, 2019 by Peter Boyland

Peter Boyland, Senior AnalystThere's been a fair bit in the press recently about the decline of Northwest Europe's traditional mobile powerhouses. In particular, leading business groups have singled...

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Latency is the new 5G speed battleground which will enable XR and AR

Posted on March 8, 2019 by Ian Fogg

Ian Fogg, VP AnalysisFor many kinds of immersive interactive media, mobile download speed is not the only important measure of speed. For mixed or extended reality (XR), augmented reality (AR), 360-...

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Bristol - the UK's fastest city in 4G Download Experience

Posted on March 7, 2019 by Peter Boyland

Peter Boyland, Senior AnalystBristol has always been a city of explorers. John Cabot and William Weston set sail from the city on their historic voyages to the New World, while the maritime port...

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Mexico's 3 biggest cities buck the trend of urban 4G inconsistency

Posted on March 6, 2019 by Francesco Rizzato

Francesco Rizzato, Senior Technical AnalystOpensignal’s latest report on the 5G opportunity highlighted how smartphone users often experience wide fluctuations in 4G Download Speed throughout the day...

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Users in Mexico City experience worse 4G speeds during most of the day compared to other cities

Big swings in urban 4G speeds highlight why the US needs 5G

Posted on February 20, 2019 by Kevin Fitchard

Kevin Fitchard, Principal AnalystWildly seesawing 4G speeds throughout the day are common in U.S. cities. Over a 24-hour period consumers in major metro areas will often see their 4G Download Speeds...

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Big swings in urban 4G speeds highlight why the US needs 5G

Owners of the newest, most popular iPhone don't experience the best speeds

Posted on February 15, 2019 by Ian Fogg

Ian Fogg, VP AnalysisTwo of the leading smartphone makers, Apple and Samsung, have both recently reported a slowing smartphone market because consumers are struggling to see the benefits of the...

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Owners of the newest, most popular iPhone don't experience the best speeds

Strong US TV and video market leads to controversial mobile network prioritization solutions

Posted: Sep 24, 2018

One of the most controversial practices that mobile operators can be accused of is prioritizing certain types of network traffic over others, or limiting the quality of video which consumers can stream. Operators in the U.S. are often criticized for being heavy-handed in such network management practices compared with other countries, and these attacks often paint the operators as backward compared with the best mobile networks in other parts of the world such as Europe and Asia.

Opensignal pioneers the measurement of mobile video experience

Posted: Sep 18, 2018

Today Opensignal is taking a huge step forward in the way mobile services are measured and quantified. We've introduced a new analysis of mobile video experience that rates the quality of video streamed from the internet to the mobile device.

In the words of our CEO, Brendan Gill, “Taking another leap forward in our real-world measurement philosophy and approach, we are now analyzing how consumers experience the specific services they use on their mobile phones. Video experience analysis represents a major step forward towards our vision.”

South Australia smashes it in 4G download speeds

Posted: Sep 13, 2018

Domestic cricket gets underway in Australia in October – and South Australia will certainly be hoping to put in a better innings this summer than they did in last season's Sheffield Shield competition, when they ended up in last place. But the region has already beaten off its rivals to come top in OpenSignal's analysis of 4G download speeds.

Which cities rank highest in 4G speed and availability in Brazil?

Posted: Sep 12, 2018

Brazil is a country not only of big natural landscapes but also of humongous cities. It lays claim to more than a dozen metropoles with over a 1 million residents — and a lot of those folks have 4G smartphones. We decided to take a look at how Brazil's biggest cities compared in our LTE metrics, and the results may be a bit surprising. The mega-cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo weren't the leaders in our 4G availability and 4G speed measurements.

With new models, Apple will raise mobile network speeds

Posted: Sep 10, 2018

In 2018, Apple is on the “speed” or “S” year in its normal two-year iPhone update cycle: Apple usually launches a new iPhone design one year, then the next year it keeps the exterior design the same but updates the iPhone’s components to deliver faster performance. Historically, Apple has focused on the speed of its application processor or graphics; we believe it’s now time for Apple to talk about mobile network speeds as well.

Becoming an industry standard: Lessons learned from JD Power

Posted: Sep 06, 2018

Today it seems second nature to consult an independent standard before making an important choice. We regularly appeal to consumer ratings before choosing a hotel, movie critics before a trip to the cinema or an independent surveyor before purchasing a house. But it wasn’t always so. In fact, just a couple of decades ago independent reviews of quality were hard to come by. In many cases, the only source of information would be the suppliers you were trying to choose between, who conducted their own studies and tests that were subject, of course, to a glaring conflict of interest.

Kolkata is India's top region for 4G availability

Posted: Sep 05, 2018

Kolkata is popularly known as the City of Joy, after the novel and film of the same name. or centuries the region has been celebrated as India's capital of arts and culture — and now its citizens have yet another reason to be proud, as the metro region has topped OpenSignal's list for 4G availability.

Where to vacation in Mexico for a good 4G experience

Posted: Aug 22, 2018

Summer may be nearly over, which means Mexico's biggest national holiday is less than a month away. On Sept. 16, millions of Mexicans will celebrate their country's independence with festivals and parades while many of them take advantage of the two-day national break to vacation in other cities across the country. As people make their Independence Day plans, we thought it would be interesting to look at the type of 4G experience consumers can expect in some of Mexico's most popular tourism cities.

The US may yet catch its global peers in 4G speeds

Posted: Aug 17, 2018

OpenSignal recently published its State of Mobile Networks report for the U.S., and in it we tracked some significant increases in 4G speed across the country's mobile networks. The most interesting speed results we saw weren't on the national level; rather, they were in big cities. In New York City, Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Cleveland and Kansas City we measured average LTE download speeds of 30 Mbps or greater on Verizon or T-Mobile (in some cases both).