The average LTE download speed is now 13.5 Mbps against more than double the average Wi-Fi speeds on smartphone connections.
“That doesn’t mean LTE is a superior technology to Wi-Fi. 802.11ac networks can deliver connection speeds in excess of 1 Gbps. Wi-Fi performance is dependent on the wired broadband connection providing its link to the internet,” said OpenSignal in its latest LTE status report.
The report said the average LTE download speed of 13.5 Mbps is well below as compared to the 25 Mbps set by many governments to define broadband.
The OpenSignal report showed Bharti Airtel’s 4G broadband speed at 8 Mbps. The report did not highlight 4G speed offered by Vodafone India and Idea Cellular.
China Mobile’s average 4G broadband speed is 14 Mbps.
In the US, the average 4G Internet speed of T-Mobile is 12 Mbps, Verizon Wireless 12 Mbps, AT&T 8 Mbps, Sprint 7 Mbps and US Cellular 6 Mbps.
Singapore had the fastest LTE network, averaging 37 Mbps in Q4 2015.
Fastest Country with LTE
Singapore 37 Mbps
Fastest Networks with LTE
SingTel Singapore 40 Mbps
StarHub Singapore 39 Mbps
SaskTel Canada 35 Mbps
Country with best LTE Coverage
South Korea 97% time on LTE
LTE coverage network with best coverage
LGT South Korea 99.6%
SingTel and StarHub, two telecoms in Singapore, joined Canada’s SaskTel, to compete for the world’s fastest LTE operator.
15 countries and 52 individual networks meet or exceed 20 Mbps speed mark.
The total number of LTE markets is 148. Nearly 10 countries are doing to launch LTE networks.
The report said LTE countries such as Singapore, South Korea, Denmark, Hungary and Australia are making investment into their networks in order to add capacity by deploying LTE on new frequency bands.
Both Japan and the U.S. are in the top 10 when it comes to building out 4G coverage, while Sweden ranks 13th.
South Korea continues to set the standard for LTE availability, providing a near ubiquitous 4G signal to the country’s highly saturated mobile market. LG U+ tops in 4G coverage in Korea. 4G customers of LG U+ were able to see an LTE signal 99 percent of the time.
In countries with the most extensive 4G footprints, LTE coverage is nearly on par with 3G coverage. In South Korea and Japan, 4G availability has exceeded 3G. Europe is still leaning heavily on its 3G infrastructure.
4G coverage of most of the telecoms ranges from 40 percent to 75 percent and speeds between 8 Mbps and 25 Mbps.