India has made a big leap in terms of global 4G availability ranking with the help of 4G entrant Reliance Jio`s 4G services, according to OpenSignal’s State of LTE report. The report found that OpenSignal users were able to find an LTE signal 81.6% of the time in the first quarter, up from 71.6% in the third quarter of 2016. That score was high enough to rank India at 15 spot of the 75 countries in the State of LTE report.
“Most of that improvement can be attributed to a single operator: Reliance Jio. In our most recent India report, we measured Jio’s 4G availability at more than 90%, while the other major operators all fell below 60% availability in our tests,” OpenSignal said in its report.
“Ïndia shot up our LTE availability rankings, reflecting a rare instance in which a single operator can have an outsized impact on a mobile market in just a short time,” it said.
Jio’s launch of an LTE-only nationwide mobile network has made 4G service much more accessible throughout the country to millions of subscribers.
OpenSignal however said that Jio’s success is a double-edged sword. The onslaught of data usage Jio’s launch has generated has taxed its network capacity, which has driven down 4G speeds.
India’s average LTE download speed was 5.1 Mbps in the new report, dropping more than a megabit per second in just six months time. Those download speeds are only marginally faster than the average global 3G connection, which we measured at 4.4 Mbps.
South Korea cored highest in 4G availability and second highest in 4G speed in OpenSignal tests. Hungary, the Netherlands, Norway and Singapore also performed exceptionally in both categories.
Eastern Europe has emerged as a hotbed for powerful LTE connections. And several countries in Western Europe have started shedding their reputation for limited 4G reach.
For its latest installment of OpenSignal`s State of LTE, the company parsed more than 19 billion measurements collected by 558,260 smartphone and smart device users to compare 4G speed and availability in 75 countries.
While more than 75 countries have LTE services today, it only included the countries for which we had enough data to provide meaningful analysis.
The U.S. landed in the 4th spot, up from 10th in last report. As U.S. operators continued to expand their already extensive 4G reach, national LTE availability increased from 81.3% to 86.5% – an impressive feat considering the huge physical size of the U.S. compared to the smaller geographies of its 4G peers. Meanwhile Taiwan and Hungary debuted in our top 10 with availability scores just over 83%.
“In general we’re seeing steady improvement in LTE reach from all of the countries in our 75-nation analysis. In our November State of LTE report, only 11 countries had exceeded the 80% availability threshold. Now that tally is 16 countries. It’s not merely the top countries that are improving, however. Six months ago, 31 countries fell below the 60% bar for 4G availability, which is generally a good benchmark for a maturing 4G market. Our current data shows only 19 of the countries in our report missed that mark,” OpenSignal said.