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OpenSignal tests show Telcel has the fastest upstream connections in Mexico

Got a massive file to upload or want to stream live video from your phone? In Mexico at least, Telcel is the operator best equipped to handle either feat, according to OpenSignal’s latest tests. We put Mexico under the lens of our new experimental upload metric and found that in 4G, Telcel beats out both AT&T and Movistar, averaging upstream connections of 11.7 Mbps.

Our results showed AT&T was a close second to Telcel with an average LTE upload speed of 10.2 Mbps, while Movistar was much further behind, averaging 7.7 Mbps. Those rankings closely follow our rankings for 4G download speed in Mexico. In our last State of Mobile Networks report for the country, AT&T and Telcel were tied for 4G download speed with averages well over 22 Mbps, while Movistar brought up the rear at 14.5 Mbps. Such similarities shouldn’t be surprising. Speed is a function of capacity, and operators that typically have more capacity devoted to the network downlink also have more capacity allocated to the uplink.

This isn’t the first blog post in which we’ve examined upload speeds in an individual country on an experimental basis, but it may well be the last. We plan to move beyond this kind of case-by-case analysis and include 4G upload speed as one of core metrics in all future State of Mobile Networks reports very soon. So be sure to check out OpenSignal’s reports page as we continue to add new data and new areas of analysis.

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Imagine a World

We started OpenSignal eight years ago with a simple idea: The world needs access to independent and accurate data on mobile coverage and connectivity. Back then, if you wanted to find out which mobile provider would offer you the best service, the only option you had was to walk into one of the provider’s stores and ask. This experience usually involved seeing an overly optimistic network coverage map and very positive reassurance from the salesperson. Yet, we would never accept this situation in other parts of our lives. When choosing a restaurant, we don’t look to the chef for their opinion. When choosing a holiday destination, we don’t consult the local tourist board’s view. Instead we seek an independent third party that can provide informed and trustworthy advice. Why should mobile connectivity be any different?

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The 4G battle continues between T-Mobile and Verizon

Our latest national report on the State of Mobile Networks in the U.S. recognized T-Mobile as the winner in almost all of our categories, but it certainly wasn’t for a lack of competition. Verizon took second place in several of our key metrics, in some cases by the narrowest of margins. This intense competition becomes even clearer as we zoom in on how the operators ranked across five regions: The Northeast, The Southeast, The Midwest, the Southwest and the West.  

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In our national report, released in January, we saw T-Mobile win our 4G availability award by just a hair: while its users were able to access 4G connections an average 93.1% of the time, Verizon was close on its heels with scores of 92.7%.

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Navi Mumbai the fastest 4G city in India

India has a new leader in terms of 4G download speeds – and it’s a case of out with the old, in with the new, as Navi Mumbai stole the top spot from its namesake, Mumbai.


Navi Mumbai registered average 4G speeds of 8.72 Mbps in OpenSignal’s latest measurements, which track average 4G download speeds among 20 of India’s largest cities between December and February. Elsewhere, second-placed Chennai saw its 4G speeds nearly double, jumping up from 4.4 Mbps in our last post in March 2017. At the other end of the scale, Allahbad was only city to register less than 4 Mbps with average speeds of just 3.5 Mbps.

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LTE in the Philippines improves but continues to lag behind Southeast Asia

The Philippines mobile market holds a unique position in the world… a position that comes with unique challenges. With only two operators offering mobile broadband services for a nation that spans over 7,000 islands — a difficult task to overcome when deploying LTE infrastructure — the Philippines has plenty of catching up to do if it wants to reach parity with its Southeast Asian peers.


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As 4G reach in Latin America improves, so does the consumer experience

OpenSignal recently published its State of LTE report, examining 4G speed and 4G reach in 88 countries in the 4th quarter of 2017. Today, we’re drilling down into a specific region, Latin America, to see how the 4G experience compares in the 14 Central, North and South American countries included in that report. As you can see from the charts below, there’s a broad range of speeds across the region as well as a big variation between the level of LTE access among these 14 countries. But there are some general trends we can pick out from the data.

LTE availability continues its steady march upwards. Uruguay became the first country in Latin America to cross the 80% availability threshold in our measurements — a huge milestone for the region. 4G users in Uruguay could find an LTE signal in eight out of 10 attempts, which is a sign that 4G rollouts have reached a high level of maturity in that country. There were two countries right on Uruguay’s heels though: Peru had a 4G availability score of 78.7% and Mexico had a score of 77%.

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Europe’s 4G speeds rise while the rest of the world stalls

While much of the world witnessed a stall in 4G speeds in 2017, Europe managed to provide faster download speeds to users than ever before. But while the continent has long secured itself as a steady 4G power, as we look closer at the various regions we can spot several significant differences in the progress and pace of LTE development.

In our latest State of LTE report, we measured 4G availability and average 4G download speeds in 88 countries spanning five continents. For the current analysis, we’re zooming in on how 36 countries in Europe stack up in the global 4G race.

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Tracking upload speeds in Spain

When it comes to the direction of mobile data, we’re becoming a much more symmetrical society. We’re not just surfing the internet and downloading video, we’re creating content and streaming video from our phones. That means upload speed is becoming increasingly important when it comes to measuring the consumer mobile data experience.

We’ll soon be including our upload metrics among our key awards categories in our State of Mobile Networks reports, but first we would like to take the opportunity to examine some of the interesting trends we see with upload in a few key countries, starting with Spain. The Iberian country already has high expectations for mobile performance. As our last Mobile Networks Update on Spain shows, Spaniards already see very fast 4G download speeds and have a high level of 4G access. Consumers there expect to see good quality download and streaming experiences, and they expect that kind of quality experience often. Those same consumers are likely to hold those same high expectations for upload. So let’s take a look at our 4G upload speed measurements for Spain’s four nationwide operators, which were collected between Sept. 1 and Nov. 1 (the same test period as our last Spain report).

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OpenSignal Comment Time: You Ask, We Answer

We recently got a comment on Facebook from one of our users about the results of our most recent USA report. Russell asked many great questions about our methodology and our business model.  We thought other users might be asking the same things, so we’ve answered your questions in this blogpost.

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High 4G availability coupled with stunning speeds – Canada’s mobile scene improves year on year

Canada has been at the forefront of 4G for several years now, but it seems the past year brought even wider reach and faster speeds to mobile users. So how are the individual operators stacking up?


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In our third State of Mobile Networks report in Canada, we analyzed more than 405 million data points collected from 20,474 mobile users to examine Canada’s complex mobile market. Canada is unique in many ways. Canada still retains multiple independent regional operators, many of which are major players in the provinces and cities where they offer service. What’s more Canada’s major operators have all engaged in infrastructure and spectrum sharing agreements on many of their networks. To examine Canada as a whole, we focused on the three operators that provide nationwide 3G and 4G service over their own or shared infrastructure: Bell Canada’s Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications and Telus. But we didn’t ignore the regional providers. We drilled down into our data in two of Canada’s major metro areas, Toronto and Montreal, to parse the results of not only the big 3 but also regional powerhouses Freedom Mobile and Videotron. Regardless of the perspective from which we studied Canada, though, the results were in nearly every instance impressive.

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