In our new State of Mobile Networks: Australia report, operators forged new ground in OpenSignal’s 4G availability and download speed metrics. Optus became the first Australian operator to break the 90% 4G availability threshold, as our users were able to tap into its LTE connections 90.5% of the time. And Telstra became the first Australian operator to exceed 40 Mbps in our average 4G download speed results with a connection speed of 40.1 Mbps.
Even though Optus and Telstra were the first to hit these two milestones, that in no way reflects badly on their competitors in each category. We measured exceptional speeds and availability for all of Australia’s major service providers. All three had 4G availability scores above 88%, and all three had average LTE download speeds greater than 37 Mbps. In short, Australian consumers aren’t lacking for either powerful LTE connections or widespread 4G signals.
In our response time analysis, Vodafone maintained its impressive 4G latency score at 30 milliseconds for the second report in row, holding onto its award in the category. But Optus is closing the gap with Vodafone in this metric. Our results show that Optus’s response time improved by 2ms in the last six months, and in our most recent analysis Optus was within a millisecond of matching Vodafone.
Be sure to read our full analysis of the Australia mobile market. If you happen to be a mobile user in Australia, we’d love to hear about your own experiences on Optus, Telstra and Vodafone’s networks. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Twitter page.