Just a year ago, STC won five of our mobile experience awards but the operator was notably behind Mobily in our two most recent experiential metrics — Games Experience and Voice App Experience.
As more EMEA operators deploy higher speed 5G in more locations we will see the 5G experience improve significantly. The wide differences in 5G experience indicate how much there is still to do. But already, 5G download speeds are considerably faster than 4G, and 5G offers an improved mobile video streaming experience.
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Opensignal’s latest analysis demonstrates that 5G greatly improves the real-world speeds that users experience. And, even more significantly, 5G offers faster average download speeds than Wifi in seven out of eight leading 5G countries.
Saudi Arabia’s operators have made healthy progress with their users observing improvements in their mobile experience across the vast majority of our metrics
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.
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.
In our second look at the mobile network experience in Saudi Arabia, it would seem like not much has changed in the market. STC still wins the lion's share of our awards — but this doesn't mean there's been no change in our metrics.
STC won both our Download and Upload Speed Experience awards.