4G Network Availability in India Increasing With Every Quarter, But 4G Speeds are Going Down: OpenSignal

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.

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Kirit Patel (Ahmedabad)
February 21, 2018 11:47 am 11:47 AM

When Jio will implement additional spectrum in their network which is acquiring from RCOM recently?

I think we expect good speed after implement new spectrum in their network, mainly BAND 5.

Kiran Fernandes | Goa
February 21, 2018 9:02 pm 9:02 PM

We don’t know what Jio will do with the acquired spectrum from Rcom yet.

Vishal Chennai
February 21, 2018 10:37 am 10:37 AM
The condition of jio is this only now : If a area requires an additional cell site and band 5 is available there from another tower means that area will not get new cell site because jio network team is thinking that they are going to add additional 5Mhz in B5 it will improve the speed so no need of new cell site. This is a cost cutting technique now followed by jio in installing new cell towers. Those who are fed up with only B5 signal in their phones including me have no chance in getting new tower .… Read more »
February 21, 2018 7:21 am 7:21 AM

All operatora are giving just upper 3G speed in the name of 4G. High end 3G data cards support upto 42 Mbps download and 5.76 Mbps upload. Note this.

February 21, 2018 10:59 pm 10:59 PM

upper 3G ? when did 1-2 mbps get considered as upper 3G LOL

Girish Gowda
February 21, 2018 1:38 pm 1:38 PM

This is why honest people like Sudha will never betray Aircel and stay with it forever.

February 21, 2018 12:54 pm 12:54 PM

Yes theorotical speeds on an empty tower.

February 21, 2018 12:19 pm 12:19 PM

@Sudhakar did you get the porting code for Aircel? From two days UPC codes are not getting generated in my mobile…!!