Opensignal Insights

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

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

Posted on September 5, 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...

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Philippines 4G Download Speed across the day, by region

Malaysia case study: Why fast download speed is not equal to good video experience

Posted on August 27, 2019

It's very common to think that fast download speeds translate to a good mobile video experience, but that’s certainly not the case when we take a deep dive into real-world data. Speed certainly is an...

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

Posted on August 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...

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

Italian mobile users experience lower 4G Availability in rural areas — but no evidence of a North/South divide

Posted on August 20, 2019

In the second quarter of 2019, our 4G users in Italy on average spent more than four-fifths of their time connected to 4G networks. And whether they were in the North-West or in the South, either in...

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Italian 4G smartphone users spend less time connected to 4G networks in rural areas

Download speeds are 73% faster in Manila than in Cebu and Davao

Posted on August 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...

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Jakarta’s blackout had a nationwide impact on 3 and Indosat’s networks

Posted on August 13, 2019

Opensignal observed an impact on our Indonesian users’ experience following the massive electrical blackout which began just before midday on Sunday, August 4, local time. However, the resulting...

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August 4 blackout affected 4G Availability on all networks in Jakarta

5G smartphone users experience 111.8 Mbps average download speed

Posted: Jun 20, 2019

5G is here, but how fast is it? In the first country to see widespread 5G adoption, South Korea, Opensignal’s analytics reveals the average download speed of 5G smartphone owners is 111.8 Mbps or 48% faster than users with comparable recent 4G flagship smartphones1 and 134% higher than other 4G smartphone users. These metrics will likely improve as 5G becomes more mainstream and the early 5G technology matures over the coming months.


State of Mobile USA: Quantifying the bar for 5G to beat

Posted: May 31, 2019

In the last year, the download speeds experienced by smartphone users in the US have improved little, rising from 17 Mbps to 21.3 Mbps between the first quarter of 2018 and the same period in 2019. There’s lots of room for improvement but only a new technology like 5G is likely to lead to a step-change improvement in the mobile network experience.


Operators’ spectrum use helps explain UK users’ 4G Download Speeds

Posted: May 14, 2019

In Opensignal’s latest U.K. national report we observed that users experienced widely different 4G Download Speeds on the four major mobile networks. EE led the group with a 4G Download Speed of 32.5 Mbps, more than 8 Mbps ahead of Vodafone (24.3 Mbps), 11 Mbps ahead of 3 (21.6 Mbps) and double the speed of O2 (15.8 Mbps). But why does users’ experience vary so much across the U.K.'s operators?


Latin American cities’ 4G Download Speeds vary significantly round-the-clock

Posted: May 13, 2019

Opensignal has analyzed 4G Download Speeds experienced by our users on smartphones across six of the largest cities in Latin America: Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Lima, Mexico City, Santiago, and São Paulo. We discovered that our users in São Paulo enjoyed the fastest speeds with an average 4G Download Speed score of 21.3 Mbps, marginally faster than Mexico City by 0.3 Mbps. Meanwhile, our users in Buenos Aires experienced the slowest speeds, with average 4G Download Speeds of 16.2 Mbps.