Global LTE has not gotten much faster on average, but its reach keeps growing
OpenSignal regularly releases reports of how well US carriers are performing against each other based on millions of crowd-sourced data points collected from the app of the same name. Today, OpenSignal released a report that analyses the state of LTE on a global scale, measuring average LTE speeds availability on a per-country basis.
According to the report, maximum average LTE speeds of any country have pretty much plateaued toward an average of 50Mbps (the global average LTE speed is 16.4 Mbps). This means that the growth of average speeds has slowed down (if that makes sense) and in the past several months, networks have succeeded in expanding LTE coverage to more areas rather than focusing on making LTE faster.
India has the slowest average LTE speeds (around 5-6 Mbps) while Singapore has the fastest average speeds (around 44-45 Mbps). Algeria has the lowest LTE availability at around 40% while South Korea has the highest at around 97%.
The following chart summarizes 88 countries and their LTE speeds against their availability. Lighter dots represent countries whose LTE networks are still being developed while darker dots represent those with stronger LTE availability and speeds. Those with higher speeds and farther reach correlate with the presence of LTE-Advanced networks.Source: OpenSignal
You can see this chart in the source link along with each dotís countryís name.
Interestingly, just three months ago, only two countries had above 90% LTE availability but with todayís report, LTE is above 90% availability in five countries: South Korea, Japan, Norway, Hong Kong, and the United States, which is at 90.32%.
Head over to the source link for the full report, which offers some very interesting insight on the fluctuations of LTE speeds and the potential growth of average LTE speeds, even before 5G becomes the dominant standard.