blog Impressed by the 4G speeds offered by your provider, whether it’s Telstra, Optus or Vodafone? You should be. According to a new study of 4G/LTE mobile speeds around the world, Australia has the fastest average speeds in the world. Click here to access the full study by OpenSignal, a company attempting to catalogue the world’s wireless broadband points. A few sample paragraphs:
“Australia has the fastest average LTE speeds in the world, with the USA and the Philippines coming in the slowest of our qualifying countries. Claro Brazil are the fastest LTE network in the world, averaging an exceptionally fast 27.8Mbps – although their poor ‘Time on LTE’ performance shows that the roll-out is far from complete.
… Most of the country averages have stayed broadly the same, with only minor improvement or deterioration in service. Australia and Japan have made the biggest improvements, with Australia’s average speeds increasing 42% to 24.5Mbps and Japan improving 66% to 11.8Mbps. The USA suffers the biggest decline, with average speeds falling 32% to 6.5 Mbps, the second slowest global average.”
This is no real surprise, as Australia has been out front in the 4G race for some time, owing principally to the fact that then-Telstra chief executive Sol Trujillo decided to almost completely rebuild Telstra’s mobile network from 2005. At the time, the move was heavily criticised, but with hindsight it looks visionary. It also forced both Optus and Vodafone (after the merger with Hutchison) to plough billions of dollars into network upgrades to keep up. Now Australia (or more precisely, Telstra) is reaping the benefits. Our smartphones perform better, courtesy of their network support, than smartphones anywhere else in the world.
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