Saudi Arabia is the country where you navigate – on average – fastest. A study by Opensignal, according to which the users of the Asian kingdom with smartphones compatible with the new generation networks are able to download data at an average of 144.5Mbps. The value takes into account all download conditions: not only 5G, of course, but also the cases in which data is downloaded under 4G and 3G networks.
In second place we find Canada with an average 4G / 5G speed of 90.4Mbps. South Korea (75.6Mbps), Taiwan (71.5Mbps) and the Netherlands (68.9Mbps) follow.
The speech is partly different if we consider the average download speeds only under 5G coverage: in this case behind Saudi Arabia – always first with 414.2Mbps – there is South Korea (312.7Mbps), while Canada (second in the previous ranking) slips to fifth place with an average of 178.1Mbps. To find the first European country you have to go down to seventh position, occupied by Switzerland with 150.7Mbps.
The graph below shows the average download speeds under the 5G network compared to those under LTE coverage: the new generation technology is 14.3 times faster than 4G in Saudi Arabia, and just 1.8 times in the Kingdom. United. We recall on the sidelines that a study conducted by Opensignal last year compared the peak download speeds in 5G: in that case, the top step of the podium was occupied by the United States. USA that "suffer" from the solutions adopted by T-Mobile and AT&T which do not allow to reach particularly high speeds, preferring rather greater stability and signal diffusion. On the other hand, Verizon's mmWave networks are – alone – capable of touching 494.7Mbps, a record on the entire world scene.
Another significant data concerns the time spent by users under 5G connection (for those with 5G smartphones) and under 4G connection (for those with 4G smartphones):
- 4G users spend at least 86% of their time under LTE coverage
- 5G users max out coverage of 34% of their time under 5G. Only 4 of the countries analyzed manage to guarantee more than 20% of the time spent under coverage of the new generation networks.
NOTE: the data was collected in the period between May 16 and August 14, 2020.