As the end of 2012 approaches we are able to publish a preliminary set of findings from our global 4G speed test – focussing just on LTE. This test aggregates 130,000 network speed tests run by OpenSignal users across specific countries over the course of this year, giving a national perspective on 4G connectivity rather relying on the data provided by specific networks. While we have 4G readings from 31 different countries worldwide, we have only included those countries where we have a statistically significant number of readings. It is for this reason that the UK based 4G network Everything Everywhere, which only rolled out across the UK at the end of October this year, is not included.
While United States carriers might be disappointed with their average 4G speeds, it is important to bear in mind that this is still approximately 10 times faster than the 3G service it was replacing. In comparison, the UK has yet to auction off most of its 4G spectrum, despite the recent news that the Chancellor, George Osborne, has already included the projected revenue of that sale in his annual budget. While the preliminary findings of our global speed test reveal 4G speeds well below their expected theoretical level, they still represent a significant advance on the network coverage available to the rest of the world.