South African LTE speeds higher than the global average

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OpenSignal has released its State of LTE report for November 2017.

The report takes a look at the global LTE/4G market in 77 countries by analysing 3 816 934 devices between 1st July 2017 and 1st October 2017 and there is good news to be found.

Before we get into the numbers OpenSignal notes that while the speed of LTE/4G has not really improved, access to these technologies have.

“While speeds have stalled, OpenSignal measured some massive gains in LTE availability around the world. 4G signals are consistently accessible more often and in more places now than six months ago,” said the research body.

The country with the greatest access to LTE/4G tech is South Korea where availability clocks in at 96.69%. Meanwhile in Algeria only 41.5% of users have access to LTE.

South Africa measures in at 68.89% availability. Not great but not bad either.

What is important to keep in mind is that OpenSignal didn’t measure coverage but rather for how long a user was able to access a given service.

What about the download?

The fastest download speeds measured were in Singapore and South Korea with download speeds of 46.64Mbps and 45.85Mbps respectively.

In India average LTE download speeds clock in at 6.13Mbps, OpenSignal says that the average download speed for 3G technology is 4.4Mbps.

South Africa, is actually doing well when it comes to average download speeds. At an average of 19.89Mbps South Africa’s LTE speeds are not only the fastest in Africa but also well above the global average of 16.6Mbps.

OpenSignal was hoping that 2017 would be the year that the 50Mbps download speed milestone was cracked but that didn’t happen. The most worthy explanation for this is that LTE/4G technology has reached a plateau.

If we want faster speeds then perhaps it’s time to explore newer tech though if we’re being honest the dream scenario is free wireless internet everywhere backed up a fibre connection.

Hey, we said it was a dream.

[Source – OpenSignal] [Image – CC 0 Pixabay]

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.