Movistar has reclaimed the Download Speed Experience award after statistically tying with Orange in our last report — which broke the three report streak in which it won the award outright.
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Movistar is the first Spanish operator to win a Games Experience award and all four national operators now have 4G Availability of more than 90%.
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.
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.
Both Vodafone and Movistar have moved above the 90% mark for 4G Availability, while Orange and Yoigo aren’t far behind. Movistar has cemented its lead in Download Speed Experience, with Orange in second place.
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.
While operators have launched commercial 5G services in a number of countries in 2019, the experience of 5G users is still extremely uneven.