In the world of 4G, fast speeds, responsive connections and great mobile broadband reach often go hand in hand. Taiwan is no exception to that trend, but the leader in each of those metrics in this report wasn't a single operator. We found a lot of diversity among the winners of our LTE metrics in Taiwan, speaking highly of the level of 4G competition on the island. Parsing more than 414 million data points, OpenSignal compared the 3G and 4G experience offered by Taiwan's five major mobile operators. (點擊此處查看此報告的中文版本)
Chunghwa has edged out FarEasTone and Taiwan Mobile in our 4G download speed metric, after the three were locked in a draw in our last report. Chunghwa's average LTE download connection of 35.1 Mbps was nearly 2 Mbps faster than its nearest rival in our measurements, FarEasTone.
LTE-only operator GT may have stood alone at the top of our 4G availability rankings six months ago, but in our latest test period it faced a challenger. GT and Taiwan Mobile were tied for the 4G availability award as our testers on both operators' networks were able to find an LTE signal more than 91% of the time.
While the contest for many of our awards was close, that was not the case for 4G upload speed. FarEasTone stood head and shoulders above its rivals in this metric, averaging LTE upload speeds of 13.4 Mbps.
Taiwan is quickly becoming a global leader in LTE reach. Two Taiwanese operators now have 4G availability scores over 90% in our measurements, and two more were a hair's breadth away from crossing that threshold. Competition in 4G availability has become intense especially in the island's major cities.
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This metric shows the average download speed for each operator on LTE connections as measured by OpenSignal users.
This metric shows the average download speed for each operator on 3G connections as measured by OpenSignal users.
This metric shows the average download speed experienced by OpenSignal users across all of an operator's 3G and 4G networks. Overall speed doesn't just factor in 3G and LTE speeds, but also the availability of each network technology. Operators with lower LTE availability tend to have lower overall speeds because their customers spend more time connected to slower 3G networks.
This metric shows the average upload speed for each operator on LTE connections as measured by OpenSignal users.
This metric shows the average latency for each operator on LTE connections as measured by OpenSignal users. Latency, measured in milliseconds, is the delay data experiences as it makes a round trip through the network. A lower score in this metric is a sign of a more responsive network.
This metric shows the average latency for each operator on 3G connections as measured by OpenSignal users. Latency, measured in milliseconds, is the delay data experiences as it makes a round trip through the network. A lower score in this metric is a sign of a more responsive network.
This metric shows the proportion of time OpenSignal users have an LTE connection available to them on each operator’s network. It's a measure of how often users can access a 4G network rather than a measure of geographic or population coverage.
This chart shows the regional winners in each category OpenSignal measures. Click on the icons to see a more detailed graph showing each operator’s metrics in a particular region.
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For our Taiwan report, we analyzed more than 415 million data points collected by 32,117 users in a 90-day period starting March 1, 2018 to compare the 3G and 4G experience offered by Chunghwa Telecom, FarEasTone, Taiwan Mobile and T Star Telecom. We also examined the 4G metrics of LTE-only provider GT, the consumer brand of Asia Pacific Telecom. In addition to showing each operator's national results, we drilled down into our 4G measurements in Taiwan's four largest metro areas: Greater Taipei, Taichung, Kaohsiung and Tainan. Let's start first with our speed results.
Chunghwa grabbed our 4G download speed award, averaging LTE download connections of 35.1 Mbps in our tests. FarEasTone was less than 2 Mbps behind the leader though, with a measured average of 33.4 Mbps. The two were the only operators to break the 30 Mbps threshold in our results, and both operators' speed scores were double the global average for LTE download speed of 16.9 Mbps, as measured in our recent State of LTE report. Taiwan Mobile's measured 4G download average of 25.7 was also a very good result, but GT's score of 14.7 Mbps was on the slow side, more than 2 Mbps below the global average.
FarEasTone captured our 3G speed award with an average HSPA download speed of 8.8 Mbps in our measurements. But in a land chock-full of LTE signals, 3G connectivity is becoming a minor consideration. FarEasTone's 3G speed lead wasn't enough to overcome Chunghwa's 4G download advantage in our overall speed category, which measures the typical speeds consumers see across an operator's mobile data networks. Our Chunghwa users saw typical everyday speeds of 29.3 Mbps, though FarEasTone wasn't far off that mark as its users were able to tap into 27.7 Mbps overall speeds.
That competition between Chunghwa and FarEasTone in overall download speeds was mirrored in our city results. In Taiwan's two largest cities, Taipei and Taichung, Chunghwa and FarEasTone were statistically tied for our overall speed awards. In 4G download speed, FarEasTone drew with Chunghwa for our award in Taichung, but Chunghwa was the sole winner in Taipei, Kaohsiung and Tainan.
When we look at our final speed metric, there wasn't much of a contest. FarEasTone jumped ahead of all of its rivals in 4G upload speed, its score of 13.4 Mbps being more than 20% faster than its nearest competitor. FarEasTone also handily won our regional awards for 4G upload speed in three cities, drawing only in Tainan with Taiwan Mobile.
Determining clear winners in Taiwan's cities was even more difficult as nearly every operator boosted their LTE reach in metro areas. We had draws in all four cities, and in the case of Taichung we recorded a five-way statistical tie. In Taipei the results were particularly impressive as four of the five operators racked up 4G availability scores over 90%.
For our final set of metrics, we examined latency, which is a measure of a network's response time. Low latency connections mean quicker load times on the mobile internet and less lag in real-time communications apps. FarEasTone won our 4G latency award with an impressive response time of 34.1 milliseconds, but Chunghwa and Taiwan Mobile also turned in sub-40ms scores in this metric. In addition, Taiwan Mobile grabbed our 3G latency award with a 40.7ms ping measurement, a particularly outstanding score that we would typically expect to see on LTE networks.
In terms of technological prowess, Taiwan is becoming a very competitive market. While Chunghwa and FarEasTone may have taken most of our awards, the close competition and diversity of winners in our key 4G metrics shows that no operator is emerging as the dominant mobile broadband threat. It will be interesting to see if Taiwan capitalizes on its gains to climb up global 4G rankings in future State of LTE reports. It hasn't yet joined the global 4G elite, but it's definitely on the cusp.
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