OpenSignal's 'State of LTE' Report Shows US Speeds Are Lacking

OpenSignal has just released its "State of LTE" report for the first quarter of 2017. This report measures a few different aspects of LTE, but it shows how different countries in the world have faster LTE than others, those that have more LTE coverage, and just how far behind some developed countries are, like the US. The US has moved up, though, in regards to 4G LTE availability in the world, sitting in 4th place. With around 86.5% of the country blanketed in LTE coverage. South Korea still tops the chart with over 96%. Japan and Norway also are ahead of the US in that respect. In OpenSignal's last report, the US was ranked all the way down at number ten. Everyone has improved their scores, but the US has done enough to jump up six spots, interestingly enough.

In terms of speed, Singapore is sitting pretty in the top spot. Averaging 45.62Mbps throughout the country. Following Singapore is South Korea, Hungary, Norway and the Netherlands. The US is pretty far down on the list, around the middle of the pack, with average speeds of 15Mbps. That's actually lower than the global average speed of about 16.2Mbps. Showing that the US really has some work to do, at least in some areas.

The US' neighbors in North America, Canada and Mexico faired a bit better. Canada was in the top 20, with an average download speed of around 30.6Mbps, and Mexico was just outside the top 20, with average speeds of 21.7Mbps. The bottom part of the speed test is full of countries that are likely not surprising, including Indonesia, India and Costa Rica, all of which are developing countries. And in India, many users haven't had 4G LTE speeds until recently. As of this report, India has around 81.56% of the country covered with LTE.

OpenSignal's report does also compare average speeds of 3G, 4G LTE and WiFi (2G is also listed, but that is some pretty slow internet there). 3G has an average speed of around 4.4Mbps - which likely includes HSPA+ networks. 4G LTE sits at 16.2Mbps and WiFi with 8.8Mbps. Now once 5G starts making it into these reports, these numbers will have even larger differences between them, especially when compared to WiFi.

For this test, OpenSignal actually crowdsourced the data that was used here. Using the OpenSignal app, everyone that did a speed test contributed to this test. The company says that there were over 19 billion measurements, coming from over half a million different smartphones, in 75 countries. These measurements showed whether the device was able to connect to LTE or not (giving OpenSignal data on availability) as well as the speeds. This is different from the way RootMetrics does their tests, where they drive around the country with four smartphones, one for each carrier, and continuously do tests on data, texts and calls. If you're interested in OpenSignal's full report on the global State of LTE, you can check out their report below.

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