In Opensignal's latest report into the mobile network experience in Ireland we see a fierce battle for all of our awards. In three of our measures, the competition is so tight that we see two winners, while for two other measures we find it impossible to split the rivals. Yet despite these close races, Vodafone breaks from the pack with two clear wins.
Appropriately, given this degree of competition, this is the first time that Opensignal has measured the mobile gaming experience in Ireland and presented an award. Opensignal’s Games Experience metric is a measure of how mobile users experience real-time multiplayer mobile gaming on an operator’s network.
Our approach for mobile Games Experience is built on several years of research quantifying the relationship between technical network parameters and the gaming experience as reported by real mobile users. These parameters include latency (round trip time), jitter (variability of latency) and packet loss (the proportion of data packets that never reach their destination). Additionally, it considers multiple genres of multiplayer mobile games to measure the average sensitivity to network conditions. The games tested include some of the most popular real-time multiplayer mobile games (such as Fortnite, Pro Evolution Soccer and Arena of Valor) played around the world.
It's an exciting time for the mobile network experience, as the world moves from 4G to 5G, which opens up the potential for much improved mobile experience. Since our last report we have seen a slight drop in our users' mobile experience which is most likely because of the challenges operators face this year. The headwinds everyone faces in 2020, have shown that the ability to communicate more reliably, enjoy more mobile video and mobile gaming, is even more important.