4G around the world: State of LTE report returns

In OpenSignal’s latest State of LTE report, we once again look at the speed and accessibility of the world’s LTE networks, this time examining 78 different countries. While we find the usual suspects in the top rankings — for instance Singapore, South Korea and the Netherlands – there are some new faces as well, showing that LTE networks are evolving at different paces across the globe.

State of LTE 11-2016 Map

We’re starting to see LTE download speeds in Singapore, South Korea and Hungary push well over 40 Mbps, and several more countries now have average connections in excess of 30 Mbps. While the average for most countries falls in the 20 Mbps to 25 Mbps range, the global average LTE connection is 17.4 Mbps, reflecting the fact that the most populated nations often have rather sluggish LTE services. For instance, average 4G speeds in India were 6.4 Mbps, and the average for the U.S. was 14 Mbps.

As for 4G availability, which is the proportion of time users have access to an LTE signal, we see 3G receding as the driver of mobile data connections in much of the world, but it still fills in the key connectivity gaps between 4G signals. Two countries, South Korea and Japan, had availability numbers over 90%, but a good third of the countries we examined were able to deliver an LTE signal more than 70% of the time, reflecting well developed LTE infrastructures. An equally large group of countries fell below the 60% mark though. These low-4G-availability countries weren’t just developing nations; several of the biggest countries in western Europe fell into this group.

To see OpenSignal’s full analysis and interactive charts, check out the new report.

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