Report details cellular data speed boost thanks to 5G
As 5G spreads around the world, more people are accessing faster, low-latency mobile data connections – and that includes iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 users benefiting from the new technology. As reported by OpenSignal, average cellular data rates have increased “almost everywhere” since the launch of 5G.
The mobile analytics firm has unveiled the results of a research study measuring the global impacts of the 5G network. Not surprisingly, the report shows that download speeds have almost doubled in markets where the latest generation of mobile data network is available.
For example, average download speeds increased from 22.6 to 48.7 Mbps in Germany, while users in Saudi Arabia experienced an average increase from 13.6 to 31.1 Mbps. At the same time, for the first time, South Korea broke the average speed barrier of 100 Mbps in mobile data and went from 52.4 Mbps in 2019 to 129.7 Mbps in 2021.
The first markets began launching 5G in the second and third quarters of 2019. Initially, 5G arrived in South Korea and the United States, but soon other markets followed, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland and Australia. Over the last three years since 5G’s initial small steps, we’ve seen a huge impact on users’ overall mobile networking experience. The average download speed in several markets has increased.
OpenSignal notes that strong investment in 5G has placed South Korea at the top of the list of gaming experiences, which ranks the best places to play online games based on internet speed. The study also reveals that all of Games Experiences’ top 20 global markets now offer access to 5G.
5G has also helped operators reduce network congestion in times of high traffic, causing average download speeds to drop significantly.
What’s next for 5G?
Although 5G was officially launched in 2019, there is still a long way to go before the network becomes widely available in most countries. At the same time, 5G operates in more wireless spectrum, and OpenSignal expects that there will be even more improvements as more frequencies are released in the future.
While most current 5G networks use what is called “Release 15”, the second phase of 5G (known as Release 16) increases network efficiency and reduces power consumption – which is great for mobile devices. Looking ahead, 5G Release 17 is expected to increase support for many more devices simultaneously on the same network. Mac Pro Tricks
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