Who has the fastest 4G speeds? US climbs into the top 5 in LTE coverage

Who has the fastest 4G speeds? US climbs into the top 5 in LTE coverage
While 5G is the latest buzzword in the carrier industry, we are still on 4G LTE, and, despite that Qualcomm and others are issuing modems that can take advantage of "pre-5G" up to 2 Gbps speeds, carriers can't hit anywhere near that in real-life scenarios. Are you curious which country has the fastest LTE network in the world, or what's the average 4G speed globally?

Well, the latest annual report from OpenSignal answers these pressing questions for you. The top two in terms of 4G availability are still South Korea and Japan, but for the first time it's the good ol' US&A that has climbed in the top 5, and, given the area that Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have to cover, it's a remarkable achievement.

When it comes to average 4G LTE speeds, however, the world hasn't seen much progress since the previous annual report. Even the fastest LTE networks, such as those in Singapore, the Netherlands, or Norway, are still in the 40-45Mbps range, while "the Holy Grail of 50 Mbps remains just as elusive," say the folks from OpenSignal. 

The average speed in the US is much lower, at 16.3 Mbps, but, again, the territory that Verizon, T-Mobile, and the others have to cover, is vast, which somewhat explains why the average 4G speeds in the US are close to those of Russia, which has even larger swaths to take care of. Still, that's 25% higher than the average US speeds in the previous global LTE report, so there is progress.

source: OpenSignal



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15 Comments

1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

India really needs more towers to avoid bottleneck situation.

2. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Its the 1.4 billion population that causes network traffic congestion. The coverage however is great.

6. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

same problem with the fibernet too :(

13. audibot

Posts: 678; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

why is america ranked above canada yet canada is dark blue and usa light blue and darker is better.?

15. rcl4444

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

USA is ranked above Canada for 4G coverage. For 4G speed it sits at the bottom end of the chart.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

In 4G coverage graph, the gap between 1,2,3, and 4 are massive.. After that the difference is tiny.. It will be really hard to move any of those top 3.. And for average speed graph, I'm surprised that Australia got 7th place, last time I visit, their speed is really bad :P they must be worked hard to improve it since then.

10. rcl4444

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

Australia here... Yes, speeds were pretty crappy here until a few years ago, though that mostly depended on the carrier. Vodafone was disgraceful, however they were outed for being so bad, lost over 2 million subscribers and nearly went under. They've since poured over $3 billion into fixing their network and the other two carriers lifted their game to stay ahead. Plus we have cheap plans here... ... so happy days! What I think is surprising is the comment about USA having to cover so much area (like Russia) as justification. Canada has a similarly large area and Australia is almost the same size as mainland USA - yet both manage to be much faster. Plus we have only 26M population vs 300M+ in USA, so though less resultant traffic density, our carriers have far fewer subscribers = far less income available to spend on infrastructure. Sorry USA... your carriers are taking you for a ride.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Surprised to see my country so high in the average ranking, then again it's also a very very small country.

5. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1277; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Speed also depends on affordability or how costlier the data is. If the data cost is ridiculously cheaper (like in India), the usage will be very very high and congestion can never be avoided and so very less AVERAGE speed. Data is CHEAPEST (when comparing SIZE as well) in India (thanks to Jio) @ Rs448 (6.9USD = 182GB) for 2GB / day for 91 days, which comes around just 3.5 cents per GB of 4G data. With 1.4 Billion population and 3.5 cents per GB, it is quite normal to have less average 4G speeds. At least the 4G coverage is very good, considering the size. Heard from my friend that, 4G Data is not so cheap in Canada and hence less usage and more average speeds as well. Wireline internet & WiFi is there for heavy data consumption anyway. So not a big issue as well.

8. Tommikke

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

In Finland you can get UNLIMITED 4G for ~20 euros/month so...

11. kumarabhishek591

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

Its still expensive when you compare it to ~2 euro/month for 30GB 4G with unlimited voice calls and unlimited sms :)

9. Jackdaw

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 10, 2016

Happy to see Hungary in the top ranks.

12. slashas

Posts: 146; Member since: Jul 17, 2017

Now compare top 10 countries price for LTE network :)

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