Wind and 3’s merger may have created the largest operator in Italy on paper, but it’s clear the new Wind Tre has some work to do before its network catches up. In our third State of Mobile Networks: Italy report, we took a final look at the speeds and signal availability of Wind and 3’s mobile networks before they’re merged under a single Wind Tre umbrella. While we did see some improvements in both Wind and 3’s performance, they’re both still well behind Vodafone and Telecom Italia Mobile in nearly every metric we cover.
The biggest standout in this report was Vodafone, which won the majority of OpenSignal’s awards in speed and availability. Vodafone’s 4G speeds were particularly noteworthy as it averaged LTE downloads of nearly 40 Mbps nationally and even exceeded 50 Mbps in Milan. Meanwhile TIM distinguished itself in our latency tests, an indication of highly responsive mobile data networks.
In availability, though, all four operators had favorable news. We saw LTE availability jump across the board, meaning our users were able to connect to a 4G signal much more often across Italy. Our testers were able to find an LTE connection on Vodafone and TIM’s networks more than 70% of the time. Though Wind and TIM also saw improvements in their availability scores, they have a long way to go before they close the gap with their competitors. OpenSignal users only had access to Wind and 3’s 4G connections half the time.
It will be interesting to see how these rankings change in the next year as Wind and 3 become a single operator not just in name, but also in network capabilities. By merging their spectrum holdings and combining their 3G and 4G footprints, they’ll likely be able to offer Wind Tre customers much faster speeds as well as greater network reach. Whether they can close in on Vodafone and TIM’s sizable lead, though, remains to be seen.