The Spanish mobile market has continued its march towards maturity, with our users reporting that two of the country’s operators (Vodafone and Movistar) have broken through the 90% mark for 4G Availability. While the user experience in terms of Video Experience and Voice App Experience is broadly consistent across all four operators, there is more differentiation in terms of the Download Speed Experience, the Upload Speed Experience and the Latency Experience.
Compared with our last report, it is interesting to see that Vodafone users reported a 3.8 Mbps drop in Download Speed Experience to average 19.1 Mbps, while the same metric for Movistar rose by 4 Mbps in the same period to an impressive 34 Mbps and Orange became the second carrier to pass the 30 Mbps milestone.
Looking at the Upload Speed Experience, user data indicates a 0.1 Mbps drop in that seen on Vodafone’s network, while users on other operators’ networks reported gains — 2.3 Mbps for Movistar, 1.5 Mbps for Orange and 1.2 for Yoigo. As a consequence, Movistar has shot into first place and Vodafone has fallen back to second place.
Turning to Latency Experience, while Vodafone users saw slightly worse figures than in our last report and those using other operators saw small improvements, Vodafone retained the top spot, with Movistar close behind. There is still a considerable gap between these two front-runners and the runners-up, with users on Orange and Yoigo, reporting latencies 23% and 38.7% greater than that seen for Vodafone, respectively.