Study: US 4G networks lead in subscriber base, but average mobile speeds do not impress

Study: US 4G networks lead in subscriber base, but average mobile speeds do not impress
According to a recent study, the United States leads other countries when it comes to the subscriber base of its 4G wireless networks, with more than 100 million LTE subscribers across the country. But unfortunately, size is not everything, as the study also found that the average cellular transfer speeds in the United States are just that, average. 

Kwickr, a startup that claims to have created the world’s first mobile delivery network, has just announced the results of a recent study on the state of mobile broadband networks across the world. Their findings are that the average speeds on mobile networks in the US are smack in the middle of the pack along average speeds in India, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea and Russia, all at about 2Mpbs. France distances itself with an average speed just over 3Mpbs, while Singapore leads with 3.55Mpbs. In most countries, average speeds are lower on LTE networks compared to Wi-Fi networks, France being an interesting exception to the rule. Check out the slides below for more info.

According to a Hugh Kelly, Kwickr's Vice President of Strategy and Marketing, the fact that average speeds in the US are not stellar is in close connection to the large number of subscribers and the large geographical area that the networks have to cover. The representative also says that the US has become a lesson for countries on the verge of making the switch to 4G. It literally goes along the lines of "when you build it, they will come". 

The study then moves on to discussing various statistics around packet loss percentages, divided by country and region. The results show that cellular networks are generally less efficient than Wi-Fi networks. In Germany, for example, Wi-Fi networks are 11 times more effective, although the packet loss percentages almost the same on Wi-Fi and cellular in the US. In other, smaller countries such as Hong Kong, Korea, and Singapore, where cellular networks don't have to compensate for large geographical areas, Wi-Fi is the least efficient option.

source: Kwickr via Re/Code



1. waddup121 unregistered

Not good...!

7. engineer-1701d unregistered

at least the rest of the world does not have sprint :( i do 0.02 upload speed 0.4 download speed. all for just $94 a month you to can join in the half speed network.

2. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Cellular has always disappointed me. If it's not really strong, stuff takes way to long to load. I wait for wi-fi for many things just for this reason.

6. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

That's funny because I find that my OnePlus One on AT&Ts LTE network is more reliable than my Centurylink home internet. I often get pissed off and turn off my Wi-Fi and just use my LTE connection...

3. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

those speeds are crazy slow... under 4G signal i usually get 40-50mbps here in Spain

4. ViewFromTheTop

Posts: 28; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

Where on earth are you guys testing these speeds? I'm in India and we complain when our 4G speeds fall anything below 5 - 10 Mbps (1.2 MB/s - 2.5 MB/s) downstream and 4G speeds fall On good days and off-peak hours, I've evn downloaded at over 20 Mbps on 4G! These speeds are crazy slow as mistercarter so *cough* eloquently *cough* put itand frankly, a little hard to believe.

5. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Calm down. In Sri Lanka I get around 40-60 MBPS on 4G. Tested using a Galaxy S4 GT-I9505. But the average speed may vary because My ISP's signal strength could vary from another in the same location.

8. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Damn, Sri Lanka have 4g?

9. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015


10. varuntis1993

Posts: 49; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

lol Airtel user in Delhi, avg 3mbps on 4g. Vodafone 3G is also faster than that. I hardly get any 4G network indoors, outdoors also not very stable. Haven't seen more than 7mbps on 4G.

11. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Airtel in my country is also crap. Etisalat is decent, I haven't tried Mobitel but Dialog is the best.

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Perhaps they should try T-Mobile? Average speed above 12Mbps and in my area we get 40-50Mbps, with average around the city to be 20Mbps. My home network is 25Mb/s on a package that is NOT the fastest. I think what screws it for the US, is the vast amount of area not in city type coverage.

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