T-Mobile wins the 5G Download Speed award for the sixth time in a row. However, following the launch of C-band in January 2022, T-Mobile is no longer the only carrier showing big jumps in users’ speeds as we have started to see the impact of C-band deployments on Verizon and AT&T’s results.
In the third Global Mobile Network Experience Awards report, Opensignal once again directly compares operators from around the world to recognize those on which our users had the best mobile experience.
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Despite interference concerns, 5G already offers a better user experience at the busiest US airports
Opensignal looked at the mobile network experience of our users at the 25 busiest airports in the U.S. based on FAA reports, and compared that to national results, to see how users’ 5G mobile experience differed. Opensignal users enjoyed faster overall cellular download speeds and an overall better video streaming experience, compared to the national average. However, users also spent more time without a cellular signal at airports.
In this latest definitive analysis of 5G worldwide leaders, there are many new entrants in the top 15 markets across different measures of 5G mobile network experience compared with the last 5G benchmark.
For a long time, users have assumed that Wifi always offers a superior experience to cellular connectivity, when using the Internet on mobile devices, either at home or in public places.
Opensignal data shows that users at NHL arenas in both Canada and the U.S. had a significantly better experience when connected to 5G compared to the overall experience of all users at those venues. But our data also shows that users’ experience varied depending on their choice of carrier.
Opensignal took its first look at the impact of AT&T and Verizon’s C-band launches on the 5G mobile experience as we analyzed the 5G speeds seen on the U.S. carriers when connected to mid-band 5G spectrum, using T-Mobile’s 5G experience on the 2.5 GHz band for comparison.
To understand why wireless operators — and the smartphone makers that supply them — are keen to switch users from older 4G-only smartphone models to 5G capable versions, Opensignal has analyzed the real-world smartphone experience of 4G and 5G smartphones.
The 5G experience is changing rapidly in the U.S. as wireless carriers build out their 5G networks and expand the use of new 5G spectrum bands. In this insight we quantify how the 5G experience has changed compared to six-months ago across all 50 U.S. states and 300 cities.