Which country has the fastest 4G LTE network in the world? (November 2016 stats)


Which country has the fastest 4G LTE network in the world? And which one has the best coverage?

In these connected times, these are two crucial questions that are closely tied with the well-being of a nation and its economic progress. At least that's what you'd expect, but surprisingly some small developing countries have quickly grown to have excellent coverage and speeds to beat the world's biggest economies. Here are the winners and the losers, according to the latest November 2016 stats by OpenSignal, one of the largest network databases globally.

Unsurprisingly, two nations lead the world when it comes to 4G LTE coverage and availability: South Korea and Japan, where availability reaches 95.7% and 92%, respectively. The United States ranks at number 10 on the 4G LTE availability stats with 81.3% availability of its 4G LTE network. China, the world's most populous nation, is at number 19 with LTE availability at 73.8%. 

Keep in mind that availability in OpenSignal terms is not equal to geographic coverage: instead, availability here tracks the proportion of time users have access to a particular network. If a country has 50% 4G availability, according to OpenSignal, then 4G users there can find an LTE signal half of the time. This is a peculiar way to measure that has its benefits and shortcomings: it takes into account whether users can connect to LTE indoors, but does not account fully for geographical spread of the network.

The more surprising results come in the 4G LTE speed comparison. In November 2016, Singapore offered the fastest 4G LTE speeds in the world, averaging 45.9Mbps and beating South Korea with its 45.8Mbps speeds narrowly. What's next are the more surprising results: the central European nation of Hungary ranks third with whopping 40.6Mbps speeds, while the two poorest countries in the European Union, Romania and Bulgaria come in at number 4 and 6 with speeds of 36.5Mbps and 34.2Mbps, respectively.

The United States is far behind here: average speeds reach only 13Mbps, something likely due to the high congestion of networks, but nonetheless telling. In fact, the US ranks so poorly in terms of average speeds that it is comparable with the far less economically prosperous Venezuela, Cambodia and Iran.

You can see the full global 4G LTE speeds and availability comparison at the source link or graphs right below.


source: OpenSignal

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15 Comments

1. Bondurant

Posts: 784; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Africa needs some series investment in this sector.

2. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

No it doesnt, excluding south Africa the rest of it relies on dumb phones and 30$ phones. Africa is far from needin 4G besides the tourists needs and that's too much money just to make tourists happy.

5. hemedans

Posts: 758; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

you guys know nothing about Africa, i live in Tanzania and now we have 6 providers of lte here in Tanzania -vodacom -tigo -smart -smile -zantel -TTCL coverage is on big cities and towns, and speed range between 20mbps to 50mbps, not so long ago TTCL anounced to upgrade their LTE network to to LTE-A and speed will increase up to 300mbps+ https://www.telegeography.com/products/commsupdate/articles/2016/11/04/ttcl-huawei-launch-lte-a-in-tanzania/ about coverage almost 96% of the country has 3G acess via halotel and smart. because we dont have broadband here mobile data is very cheap, during night you can get 10GB for around 25 us cent, for one dollar you can get around 40GB, and during day 1GB is around 0.5usd

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

FALSE. Nigeria actually is at #1 of Africa's economy. "Africa is far from needing 4G...?" That's a pretty irrational thing to say. Just because most of them are poor to afford flagship phones doesn':t men they do not need the fast internet speeds. Is this a sort of prejudice from you?

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Edit: ... doesn't mean they do not need fast internet speed. Carriers offering 4G in Africa do have LTE-capable smartphones at less than $100. Vodafone has recently launched 4G LTE services in many other countries there.

10. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

I have watched various segments from Al Jazeera about africa and tech around it, dont ask me why, im a tech lover no matter the country. Most experts said most of people there have dumb phones or really super cheap android phones that most of them don't have 4G. Of course a big african city will have people with ok phones but thats a tiny percentage when compared to the whole of continent. Most of them use internet banking in very interesting way. They use text messages with specific codes and via them they can send or receive money. Trust me 4G is that last thing Africa needs. It actually needs better economy for people to be able to buy 4G phones. Just cause tens of thousands of people in a center of a city need 4G that doesnt mean much when millions live near the poverty line with a dumb phone.

12. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

One thing is for sure that India has the slowest 4G speed in the world.... Here sometimes 4G works like GPRS......

3. splus

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

So, USA is at the bottom, between Bahrain and Cambodia when it comes to 4G speeds. Uh-oh... Says something...

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Not even close, there are many countries that arent on the list. I can tell you for sure my country isn't on the list and we are in the EU, supposedly we have good standards and yet our LTE speeds and coverage is so s**t, not only that many areas don't even have 3G.

6. BobLawblaw unregistered

Ireland has some of the worst availability in the world. Pretty accurate. I can't even get 2g where I live sometimes..

9. Supersonic

Posts: 226; Member since: May 15, 2015

South Korea has to be best in 4G technology today because of the most advance companies of the world Samsung and LG.

11. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Japan South, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, countries that actually give a s**t ye. Where I live you cant get 3G in some CITY areas. Pathetic.

13. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1327; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

The fastest 2 have been S. Korea and Japan for years now.

14. KingSam

Posts: 1476; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Seems Africa is better than Jamaica in this regard. Jamaica has 2 carriers and one has LTE in one of 14 parishes. Sad. But I get by on HSPA+ so I'm OK. And those rates you mentioned in Africa a ridiculously cheap. Here $1 USD gets you 300MB it's sad.

15. MrMiyagi

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I'm actually from Nigeria and I have no friends using phones older than the 2013 iPhone 5s....I personally having been using a Galaxy Note 3 since 4 weeks after it launched 3 years back.

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