Opensignal Insights

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

Malaysian users in thinly-populated rural areas connect to 4G just 44% of the time

Posted on October 31, 2019

In a strategic position at the heart of South East Asia, Malaysia is among the more urbanized ASEAN countries. After decades of migration from rural and remote areas, more than 70% of its population...

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Comparing users across Singtel group highlights Voice, Video and Download speed differences

Posted on October 31, 2019

Opensignal has analyzed the experience of our users across Singtel group’s mobile operator subsidiaries and regional associates — where Singtel owns a proportion of the company — to see how they...

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

Posted on October 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...

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Philippines Download Speed Experience is slower in rural areas because users spend more time on 3G networks

The rollout of 700 MHz spectrum is improving mobile network experience in Brazil

Posted on October 28, 2019

Over the past year, Brazil's operators have begun rolling out 4G networks in the 700 MHz band in earnest. But what's been the impact of this bandwidth bonanza on the mobile network experience in...

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4G Availability improves in Brazils cities

Canada electoral results: How the mobile experience changes across party and location

Posted on October 25, 2019

On the back of the recent 2019 federal election in Canada, Opensignal analyzed our smartphone users’ experience based on the electoral results and found that users on average have a better mobile...

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Comparing the mobile experience between Germany’s MVNOs and the major operators

Posted on October 25, 2019

 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) rely on a partner's mobile network infrastructure and wireless spectrum to offer services to consumers. For the first time, Opensignal has quantified how the...

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Philippines 4G Download Speeds twice as fast in the capital at congested times

Posted: Sep 05, 2019

Opensignal analyzed the fluctuations in 4G Download Speeds that our users in the Philippines experienced throughout the day across different regions. We found that, while all users experienced similar speeds at quiet times at night, bigger differences between regions emerged during the day when networks became busy, with our users in Metropolitan Manila — the National Capital Region (NCR) — experiencing significantly faster speeds at congested times.

Brazil's urban mobile users connect twice as much to 4G

Posted: Aug 27, 2019

Brazil is showing some keen signs of development — both in its mobile network experience and in its economy as a whole. But South America's largest market still faces a number of challenges as it matures — not least in the vast size of the country and the wide variations in its geography and topology, ranging from large sprawling cities and the mountainous coastal south to the vast forests of the Amazon.

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.