Which country has the fastest 4G service? Hint, the U.S. is eighth

Which country has the fastest 4G service? Hint, the U.S. is eighth
In the U.K., OpenSignal is a company that uses crowdsourcing through its Android app to collect data. Thanks to this data, we can tell you that Sweden, the first country to launch LTE service, has the fastest 4G network with an average download speed of 22.1 Mbps. Right behind is Hong Kong with an average download speed of 19.6 Mbps. Denmark and Canada are third and fourth with average download speeds of 19.1 Mbps and 18.1 Mbps. What about the U.S.? With an average download speed of 9.6 Mbps, the States finished 8th.

Some of the reason for the low U.S. score is that some carriers in the U.S. built their 4G networks around 20MHz for their initial rollouts (Verizon and AT&T) and the LTE networks for Sprint and MetroPCS were built around 10MHz. Meanwhile, the European operators used 40MHz when they built their 4G LTE pipelines.

source: OpenSignal via GIGaom



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41 Comments

1. D_Tech-tive

Posts: 104; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

No surprise about U.S.

2. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

Sprint's dragging down the U.S.

3. StrumerJohn

Posts: 66; Member since: May 18, 2011

Hahaha yep!

28. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Incorrect, Sprint has developed Network Vision using new technology from Samsung (the only other country using modular Fiber optic tech is South Korea) and are building a complete redux of their network (basically stripping towers bare and putting up all ne wmodern equipment). Unfortunately, AT&T & Verizone simply upgraded legacy tower's with LTE. In the long run, Sprint/ Softbank and their spectrum assets (which is more then all other US Carriers spectrum, combined) will bring about one of the most advanced wireless networks in North America. Keep in mind, Clearwire, has over 160mhz in high-end LTE Spectrum and Sprint willl be using several frequencies for LTE... this will result in LTE Advanced speeds far past the 100mbps. Verizon and AT&T will have trouble with their spectrum/ subscriber counts. Also, fyi, I have witness Sprint LTE and have hit over 40mbps on it... so alas, you are incorrect.

29. troutsy

Posts: 381; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

So you are a Sprint user, incredibly delusional, and totally biased.... Thanks for stopping by! :-)

40. depeche

Posts: 63; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Sprint did a lot of hardware upgrades with the roll out of Wi-Max; they are just changing software and trying to add the nearly disbanded Iden network bands. They have a lot of Bands to work with, unlike AT&T

4. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Hong Kong? Is that separate from china?

14. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

If your geography is based on iMaps, then no.

15. imsickwithsmartphone

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Part of China but Hong Kong have their own administration...

33. hepresearch unregistered

Are there any LTE networks in China that are not also in Hong Kong? If not, then TD-SCDMA is tops elsewhere in China.

5. faunte

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

The U.S. has states with a bigger population than Sweden! If their wireless companies all had the luxury of focusing ONLY on California, this may be a different story. Since we're comparing apples to oranges, let's compare amount of space and number of people covered with cell or data coverage. These countries don't have significant populations of people living in rural areas like the U.S. does. It's a bogus comparison in my opinion.

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This is a good point. Because since I've been on LTE, I average 10Mbps down in weaker reception areas. In a good to great areas, 25-30. I have Verizon, live in the DC, MD, VA area; MD to be exact. You could consider all 3 one area...they are so close together. I live closer to DC...but on speed tests...I get faster speeds from VA or Baltimore servers.

13. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 2011

Canada is larger in area and Australia nearly as large both with vast rural areas.

20. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Canada's boundary contains masses of open water. If you compare strictly land mass, the US is larger.

23. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Lol..you guys are talking about 4g lte....and here in india even 3g not fully implemented....

25. iWorld

Posts: 85; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

waiting for 3G scam news.

27. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Surely it'll be the news in near future...

6. wendygarett unregistered

I thought south Korea is the 1st and Japan 2nd?

7. Tux_Alan

Posts: 74; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Gosh, fourth!

8. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 2011

Both Verizon and Sprint are dragging down the US

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Sprint, I agree....Verizon.....dont agree. I think Verizon and AT&T are probably fighting for 1 and 2 for fastest, best speeds.

12. simplyj

Posts: 406; Member since: Dec 23, 2009

Verizon has the best LTE speeds. Not sure what you're smoking..

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

AT&T is faster than Verizon. But give T-Mobile a few months, and will be faster than both of them thanks to LTE Advanced. :)

19. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I'm pretty sure AT&T and T-Mobile bring the 4G average down quite a bit since they consider their HSPA+ 4G and it's not even close to LTE speeds.

22. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'm so tired of people saying HSPA+ is not even close to LTE. First off, there are multiple types of HSPA+. The version T-Mobile employs in most of its markets is the dual-band HSPA+42 variety. With it, I average 15-20 down with spikes over 25. Don't tell me that's not comparable to LTE. It is true that the up speeds are lacking in comparison to LTE, though.

38. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree. HSPA+....I would gladly take that if I wasnt on Verizon. Or if Verizon had that. My issues with other carrriers is coverage. I know even Verizon has dead zones. I live n work in or around one. It just seems like for my area....Verizon's dead zones is smaller than Sprint n T Mo. AT&T.....not sure about...but they might actually be better in my area. Whats really odd is in my building...Sprint might work better than Verizon. But its like its confined to the building and immediate surrounding area.

21. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

You can't say AT&T or Verizon is the fastest. It depends on where you live. On Verizon, I average 35 Mbps down 10 Mbps up, but I've gotten peaks of almost 70 Mbps and over 20 Mbps up.

32. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

lol, I have been ALL OVER the country with my Verizon phone and NEVER gotten anywhere even close to 70 mbps...C'mon now, I like my Verizon but that's not accurate.

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree with this. Mine hasnt either. But...I have seen ppl with Verizon posts speeds of 50Mbps and up. Its usually ppl with an HTC phone. Motorola was and probably still is using older LTE tech than Samsung and HTC. So in a way it could depend on the phone, what tech it has inside.

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

I'm pretty sure he wasn't referring to data speeds.

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