According to a new report by Speedtest, the next-gen mobile network has seen major adoption this year. Based on more than 60.5 million Speedtest results from the third quarter of 2020, the report shows that 5G adoption is rapidly spreading. A total of 99 countries worldwide had 5G, with coverage getting pretty good in the U.S., most of Europe, the Arabian Peninsula, and Eastern Asia. A total of 14,643 cities worldwide had 5G at the end of Q3 2020, a 1,671 percent increase over the same period last year. Here, the U.S. fared well, with 7,583 cities with 5G, and a big increase in number of 5G deployments.
Wireless coverage mapping company OpenSignal has released new data gauging the 5G user experience across mobile operators in several different countries. It is important to remember that the market for the new technology is still immature with the first network launched in 2019. Nevertheless, OpenSignal did find that users enjoyed an active 5G connection in four countries for more than one fifth of the time and it was able to come up with a striking comparison between 4G and 5G download speeds. The new network is blisteringly fast, clocking up download speeds substantially pacier than its predecessor in all countries analyzed. The data collection period for the comparison was between May 16 and August 14 with Saudi Arabia enjoying the fastest average 5G download speeds of any country.
Brazil has become increasingly reliant on the internet for banking, business, telecommunication and leisure during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the country ranked 49th in the world for fixed broadband speed and 74th for mobile speed according to April 2021 data from the Speedtest Global Index . In fact, Brazil's fixed broadband speed has improved 69.2% year-over-year thanks to FTTH investments, moving the country up seven places from 56th in April 2020 to 49th in the Speedtest Global Index in April 2021. Brazil is on the brink of an internet revolution, with an upcoming 5G spectrum auction and future broadband investments becoming a priority. In this article, we examine fixed and mobile internet performance speeds, state-level performance, provider ratings and fastest providers, as well as city-level data on Brazil's most populous cities to see which parts of the country are already enjoying faster speeds.
Broadband pricing is easier to understand than it used to be. Last year, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) forced ISPs to include line rental in the price of contracts, so consumers know exactly what they're expected to pay each month. That November, the ASA said it was also time to revisit speed claims, given most customers are unlikely to get what's advertised. Today, the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) -- which sets the rules the ASA enforce -- has proposed a number of ways speed claims could be made more transparent. As it stands, the "up to" speeds ISPs advertise only need to be achievable by at least 10 percent of subscribers.
While 5G may still be in its infancy, OpenSignal has revealed that Australian users are already seeing a huge boost in mobile speeds when compared to 3G and 4G connections. Based on data collected between 1 November 2020 to 29 January 2021, 5G average download speeds racked up 240.9Mbps when connected to 5G -- 5.3 times faster than the 45.3Mbps experienced on 4G. The speed gap for average download speed between 3G and 4G was smaller at 39.3Mpbs, but still significant as 4G was still 7.5 times faster than the average 3G download speed of 6Mbps. For the same period, users saw average 5G upload speeds hit 15.5Mbps, nearly double the upload speeds of 4G, which was only 8.2Mbps. The average 3G upload speeds, meanwhile, sat 1.3Mbps.