How European countries compare in 4G performance

It’s the third day of Mobile World Congress, so it’s time to present the third set of data we’ve prepared for the event. On Tuesday we ranked Europe’s big cities in overall LTE speeds. Today we’re taking a similar look at Europe on the country level.

We broke out 4G coverage and speed numbers from our recently published State of LTE report to see how 25 countries in Europe compared. First, let’s take a look at coverage:


The Netherlands was the obvious star here with 4G subscribers seeing an LTE signal 84% of the time. In fact, most of northern Europe did quite well, which makes sense given the first LTE networks were born in Scandinavia. Eastern Europe had some standouts as well. Outside of those regions, however, LTE coverage starts falling off particularly in Western Europe, where coverage hovers just above 50% in several of the EU’s biggest economies.

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When we rank these 25 countries by speed, we get a different picture. Eastern European countries Hungary and Romania are among the fastest 4G markets in the world, though both the Netherlands and Denmark impress as well. In our look at Europe’s fastest 4G cities, the Netherlands had three cities ranked in the top 5, implying its operators are doing quite well in supplying urban capacity.

While countries like Spain, France and Greece may not have a lot of 4G coverage, they performed quite well in speed, delivering download averages of 18 Mbps or more. In fact, nearly all European countries exceeded the global LTE download average of 13.5 Mbps.

If you’re in Barcelona for MWC, come visit OpenSignal at our booth, located in Hall 7, stand B15.

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