We have delved into the overall mobile experience of our users in four metropolitan areas: Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. In addition,in our companion report, we have analyzed the experience of our users when connected to 5G in these cities.
Telstra has reaped the largest share of city-level awards, picking up 10 awards outright of a possible 24 along with 11 joint wins. Vodafone picked up two outright wins and 12 shared victories, while Optus has not won any city awards outright but has five joint wins.
Our Telstra users had the best experience when streaming mobile video in Brisbane and Sydney and the operator tied for first place with Vodafone in Melbourne. All three operators share the award in Perth. Our Telstra users in Brisbane were the only ones to have an Excellent (75 or above) Video Experience — by the narrowest of margins, given the operator’s score of 75 points. In all the combinations of cities and operators, our users observed a Very Good (65-75) Video Experience
Telstra performed similarly on Games Experience, again racking up outright wins in Brisbane and Sydney, but it only tied in Perth alongside Vodafone. Meanwhile Vodafone and Optus share first place in Melbourne. Our users had a Good (75-85) Games Experience in Melbourne and Sydney across all three operators, dropping to Fair (65-75) in Perth. Our Telstra users were the only ones to report a Good experience in Brisbane with Vodafone and Optus narrowly placing in the Fair category instead.
There is less of a divide between the operators on Voice Experience, with our users observing no statistical difference in their experience between the three operators in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. However, Telstra achieved an outright win in Sydney with a score of 81.2 points on a 100 point scale.
Our Telstra users observed the fastest average download speeds in all four cities. Even the operator’s lowest score — 64.3 Mbps in Perth — was higher than the fastest speeds seen by our Optus and Vodafone users in any of the cities. Telstra’s highest score was in Brisbane — a remarkable 81.8 Mbps. Our Vodafone users saw their fastest speeds in Melbourne (54.1 Mbps) and there was no statistically significant difference between Optus users’ scores in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney, which were in the 51.1-51.5 Mbps range, while the operator achieved a lower score of 47.4 Mbps in Perth.
Vodafone and Telstra have performed similarly on Upload Speed Experience — both operators win an award outright (Vodafone in Perth and Telstra in Sydney) and are joint winners in Brisbane and Melbourne. Telstra’s scores ranged between 12.1 Mbps in Brisbane and 9.3 Mbps in Perth. Vodafone’s were between 11.8 Mbps in Brisbane and 9.8 Mbps in Sydney, while Optus’ ranged from 9.1 Mbps in Sydney to 6.9 Mbps in Brisbane.
Vodafone is the only operator to win a city 4G Availability award outright — doing so in Brisbane. In the other three cities, Telstra and Vodafone are statistically tied for first place. Unlike its rivals, all of Vodafone’s scores were above 96% and it pushed past the 97% mark in Brisbane and Sydney.
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