With video games now the biggest form of entertainment (thanks in part to breakout games like Fortnite) and the smartphone becoming increasing the device of choice, gamers’ mobile connections have a great deal of impact on their playing experience. To quantify this, Opensignal has developed a first of a kind metric and used it to rank the world’s top 100 countries for mobile Games Experience.
In one year mobile Video Experience has significantly improved in 59% of 100 countries analyzed. But the U.S. is lagging behind on mobile video as carriers face a spectrum crunch. Uniquely, Opensignal tests mobile video streaming at scale and does not estimate video experience based on speed tests or other indirect measurements.
Voice apps offer flexibility across a number of devices and networks, and have soared in popularity as smartphones become more and more ubiquitous.But what's the mobile user experience like on these voice apps on today's mobile networks?
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Opensignal analyzed T-Mobile’s use of the 600 MHz spectrum in the top 100 U.S. Cellular Market Areas (CMAs) during March, and found that T-Mobile took less than three days to start deploying the additional spectrum it received from companies including Dish, Bluewater Wireless, LB Holdings and others.
Smart broke away from Globe in the six months since our last report to take the 4G Availability award.
Globally, operators report mobile data use is increasing dramatically but Opensignal’s analytics demonstrate that despite these challenges the mobile experience is holding up well. Opensignal has seen only relatively small changes in users’ 4G Download Speeds in some countries, and none at all in other countries.
Operators in India are now finding new ways to differentiate their services rather than undercutting each other, a strategy that was prevalent in the Indian mobile industry couple of years ago. The operators are now focused on growing their 4G subscriber bases by building up coverage and capacity.
EE is closing in on 95% 4G Availability. The operator has extended its lead in terms of Download Speed Experience and still dominates our award table. Meanwhile, Vodafone has retained the Voice App Experience Award and all four operators have made great strides in terms of Video Experience.