Mobile Network Experience Report Qatar May 2019

Qatar

Mobile Network Experience Report
May 2019

Opensignal Active Userbase in Qatar
Total Devices
40,041
Total Measurements
156,697,467
Data Collection Period
Jan 01 Mar 31, 2019

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Author
Hardik Khatri Analyst

Summary

In our first look at Qatar’s mobile market, one operator was dominant in almost all our award categories. Vodafone won four out of our five national metric medals. Vodafone led by a very large margin in our Latency Experience category, but in our other metrics, its key rival Ooredoo gave a good chase, scoring a draw in 4G Availability and coming close in both our speed categories. We've analyzed the mobile network experience over a period of 90 days from the start of January 2019 to see how the country's two national operators matchup.

Mobile Experience Awards May 2019, Qatar Report
4G Availability
Video Experience
Download Speed Experience
Upload Speed Experience
Latency Experience
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Mobile Experience Awards Winners
May 2019, Qatar
Video Experience
Download Speed Experience
Upload Speed Experience
Latency Experience
Mobile Experience Awards Draws
May 2019, Qatar
4G Availability
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Key findings

A comfortable victory for Vodafone in Latency Experience

Vodafone took a good lead over Ooredoo and won our Latency Experience award with a score of 32.6 milliseconds. Our tests revealed a gap of 12.1ms between the two operators, with Ooredoo’s connections responding slower than Vodafone’s at 44.7ms.

A dead heat in 4G Availability

It was a tie between Vodafone and Ooredoo in our 4G Availability metric, with both scoring just over 85%. As operators' scores are closing in on the 90% mark, they are now focusing on rolling out 5G commercial networks in Qatar. Both operators have reportedly made first calls on their 5G network. Vodafone recently opened a presale of 5G phones, while Ooredoo is preparing 1,200 base stations to be 5G-ready.

Vodafone bags a Very Good Video Experience rating

Vodafone won our Video Experience award with a score of 66.7 (out of 100) — 4.1 points ahead of its rival — earning it a Very Good rating. Ooredoo missed the Very Good Video Experience mark only by 2.4 points, limiting itself to a Good Video Experience rating (55-65), which means streamed video over Ooredoo's connections exhibited comparatively longer loading times and more stuttering than Vodafone's.

Vodafone is Qatar’s Emir of Speed

Vodafone swept both our Download and Upload Speed Experience awards. Ooredoo was slower than Vodafone by 1.9 Mbps and 0.8 Mbps in Download and Upload Speed respectively, according to our measurements.

National Analysis

4G Availability

4G Availability
in %
Ooredoo
86.6
Vodafone
85.7
0 22.5 45 67.5 90
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Video Experience

Video Experience
in 0-100 points
Ooredoo
62.6
Vodafone
66.7
0 17.5 35 52.5 70
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Video Experience
Supporting Metrics
in 0-100 points
4G Video Experience
66.9 (± 1.12) 71.7 (± 1.00)
3G Video Experience
48.9 (± 2.88) 52.7 (± 2.50)
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4G Video Experience in 0-100 points
67 (± 1.12)
72 (± 1.00)
3G Video Experience in 0-100 points
49 (± 2.88)
53 (± 2.50)
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Download Speed Experience

Download Speed Experience
in Mbps
Ooredoo
23.8
Vodafone
25.7
0 7.5 15 22.5 30
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Download Speed Experience
Supporting Metrics
in Mbps
4G Download Speed
28.7 (± 0.79) 32.4 (± 1.03)
3G Download Speed
7.8 (± 0.39) 7.1 (± 0.41)
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4G Download Speed in Mbps
29 (± 0.79)
32 (± 1.03)
3G Download Speed in Mbps
8 (± 0.39)
7 (± 0.41)
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Upload Speed Experience

Upload Speed Experience
in Mbps
Ooredoo
8.2
Vodafone
9.0
0 2.5 5 7.5 10
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Upload Speed Experience
Supporting Metrics
in Mbps
4G Upload Speed
10.3 (± 0.31) 11.9 (± 0.45)
3G Upload Speed
1.5 (± 0.10) 1.0 (± 0.10)
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4G Upload Speed in Mbps
10 (± 0.31)
12 (± 0.45)
3G Upload Speed in Mbps
1 (± 0.10)
1 (± 0.10)
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Latency Experience

Latency Experience
in ms
Ooredoo
44.7
Vodafone
32.6
0 11.25 22.5 33.75 45
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Latency Experience
Supporting Metrics
in ms
4G Latency
40.2 (± 0.95) 29.1 (± 0.48)
3G Latency
59.1 (± 2.64) 42.4 (± 2.80)
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4G Latency in ms
40 (± 0.95)
29 (± 0.48)
3G Latency in ms
59 (± 2.64)
42 (± 2.80)
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