A look at the 4G performance of LTE’s birthplace

For our latest OpenSignal State of Mobile Networks report, we decided to do something a little different. Instead of focusing on a single country, we examined a whole region, namely the Nordic countries. Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden have a long history of mobile network innovation. The first LTE networks were born in Stockholm and Oslo in 2009, and soon after the entire region took a leading role in deploying the technology.

Image courtesy of NASA

Image courtesy of NASA

Given that history, you would expect the Nordics to have broadly deployed 4G networks, and that’s exactly what we found in the first quarter. In three of the four countries, 4G subscribers were able to see an LTE signal more than 80% of the time, while in Denmark coverage was still an impressive 72%.

When it comes to 4G speeds, though, Europe’s far north isn’t quite the force it once was. All of the Nordic countries had average LTE download speeds faster than the global average, but Finland, Norway and Sweden can’t match the new 20-30 Mbps networks we’re starting to see in East Asia and other parts of Europe. Denmark was the big exception. It averaged 4G speeds in the 25 Mbps range, led by operator TDC.

In the report, we compare the overall performance of each of the Nordic states before diving into the specific results of the operators in each country. We found that while 4G speeds may have fallen off, 3G speeds are unparalleled. We also saw  the impact of the region’s multi-faceted network sharing agreements, which produced a lot of closely matched results between operators.

You can check out the report here, and as always, let us know what you think in the comments below.

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