5G Speed Revolution

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Global research firm Statista recently presented a detailed comparison of 5G download speeds in different countries, noting Australia as seeing some of the moist significant data-speed increases.

Originally published by wireless coverage mapping company OpenSignal, the analysis showed that the global market for the new technology is still immature. In spite of that, the research found that users are enjoying an active connection in four countries more than 20% of the time. The comparison with 4G networks is striking with 5G noticeably faster in all countries analysed.

OpenSignal collected the data between May 16 and August 14. It found that Saudi Arabia has the fastest average download speeds of any country at 414.2 Mbps, more than 14 times faster than its 4G network. South Korea is well known for its exceptionally fast broadband and mobile networks. Its 5G rollout certainly upholds its reputation with average download speeds of 312.7 Mbps, five times faster than its 4G network. And Australia showed an impressive 220 Mbps for 5G, also five times faster than its 4G network.

The US lags behind other countries in download speed, but it makes up for it with network availability. OpenSignal elaborated on why that is, stating that “the low-band spectrum is ideally suited to enable great 5G reach and allow users to spend more time connected than in countries with higher frequency 5G spectrum. In the US the low-band 5G services of T-Mobile and AT&T have helped drive a high 5G Availability result”. It also stated that “T-Mobile US’s very recent launch of standalone access 5G — where a phone no longer needs to connect to 4G in order for 5G to work — should help 5G services in future”.

Smaller geographies like Hong Kong and Kuwait tend to have higher availability rates for 5G and the analysis gives network operators Australia and the US immense credit for having availability rates higher than the UK and Switzerland.