When it comes to high speed wireless technology LTE, more commonly known as 4G, the United States ranks in 14th place. That is, among the slowest -- yikes. As for the country with the fastest 4G LTE connection, in terms of both connection speed and quality of coverage, the honor goes to South Korea. This is, of course, according to a report published by OpenSignal, a mobile app that maps out mobile coverage all over the world. In making its report, OpenSignal collected information from more than 325,000 users of its mobile app, from the months of June and August of this year.
In many countries nowadays, it is not uncommon to experience LTE speeds of 20 megabits per second (mbps). As a matter of fact, a total of 140 countries around the world now rollout LTE technology -- eight of them scheduled for deployment, while the rest already have an LTE upgrade plan. In other words, the world is virtually inching towards global adoption of LTE speeds, even in regions that are known to be a little behind in catching up in terms of wireless technology.
As found out by OpenSignal, mobile users based in South Korea are connected to LTE 97 percent of the time, and normally experience download speeds of more than 25 mbps. Perhaps the best performing network provider in the country is KT’s Olleh, which boasts nearly omnipresent mobile coverage and ultra fast connection speeds.
South Korea may have the best LTE overall, but the fastest LTE speeds are surprisingly in New Zealand, which is doubly interesting because the Kiwis only began enjoying LTE speeds a couple of years ago. As for fastest network provider in the world? It is the one provided by StarHub from Singapore. This network provider offers data at a ridiculous 38 mbps.
OpenSignal’s report seems to reveal a trend of early LTE adopters that are now lagging behind countries that only had the technology relatively recently only. For instance, countries such as the US, Japan, Germany, and Sweden were among the first to use LTE, but are no longer considered the best performing. In the case of the US, its download speeds are actually declining.
Of course, wireless carriers in America are quick to argue that it is far more difficult to establish more consistent LTE speeds in a country as big as the US, compared to smaller nations like New Zealand or South Korea. They may have a point, but their argument hardly brings comfort to every American mobile user who just experienced a lag in connection right now.
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