OpenSignal today released its State of LTE February 2018 edition which consists of the network testing done between October 1, 2017, and December 29, 2017. In the report, the UK-based network measuring firm stated that LTE speeds aren’t getting any faster across the globe but in many countries, the 4G network availability has increased compared to the previous quarter numbers. Speaking of the numbers achieved by India, the 4G network coverage increased from 84.03% to 86.26%, but at the same time, it slipped three places down and secured 14th place in the list. Talking about the 4G LTE speeds, India is last on the list with 6.07 Mbps speed, which is down from 6.13 Mbps speed it achieved a quarter ago.
Talking about the 4G Speeds in other countries, South Korea and Singapore are the top countries with 45.9 Mbps and 46.6 Mbps average speeds respectively. Despite the decrease in speeds among the top countries, the global average 4G download did increase slightly from 16.2 Mbps to 16.6 Mbps in the last six months. A huge influx of new 4G users in developing countries such as India is lifting LTE speeds in the bottom half of our rankings.
OpenSignal conducted this test in 77 countries, and during the period, 50 countries out of the total countries had 4G availability scores above 70%, compared to 33 countries just six months ago. This essentially converts to 4G users in those 50 countries were able to latch onto an LTE signal in more than seven out of every ten attempts. “It’s a sign that 4G has reached maturity in many more countries,” said OpenSignal.
OpenSignal also compared the average download connection speed globally of the major wireless network technologies. The average 2G network speed across the country is 0.1 Mbps, 3G network speed is 4.4 Mbps, 4G/LTE speed is 16.6 Mbps, and average Wi-Fi speed is 9.9 Mbps.
It is sad to see India at the bottom of the list of average 4G speeds, but that is how it goes. With a rank of 14 in the 4G network availability, India easily would have been in the top 15 countries list. Alongside India, other countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, and Algeria also averaged less than 10 Mbps speed.