South Korea Tops 5G Speed Globally
The speed of the 5G network promises endless possibilities for both consumers and companies. Countries with deployed 5G have accelerated speed in downloads and connectivity. South Korea, the first country to adopt 5G on a large scale, now dominates 5G speed globally. Open Signal’s 5G Impact on the Global Mobile Network Experience report confirms South Korea ranked first worldwide for 5G download speed, with users experiencing 5G download speeds of 438 Mbps.
Korea also ranked first in 5G availability and 5G reach. The report showed South Korean users spend almost one-third (30.7%) of their web time with an active 5G connection and they enjoyed a 5G connection in 75% of the locations visited. In gaming, the country also ranked first for its 5G games experience and 5G voice application experiences top ranked.
Over the last three years 5G download speed has witnessed a massive increase and connectivity across the world. In fact, in 95 of 100 global markets, smartphone users have seen their average download speed increase between the first quarter of 2019 — before 5G — and the last quarter of 2021.
Apart from South Korea, the Philippines and Thailand also experienced an increase in average 5G speed. With the Philippines top in 5G video experience, scoring 33% better than its 4G video experience score. Indonesia and Thailand improved their 5G experience in part because the use of 5G sidesteps existing network congestion on the 4G spectrum and because operators are less likely to manage 5G video traffic as aggressively as they do on older technology generations.
For Ian Fogg, VP analyst at OpenSignal, users’ 5G experience will improve in 2022 because operators will launch new versions of 5G and deploy more 5G spectrum in many markets. Smartphone makers are also launching new 5G smartphone models with improved 5G chipsets, modems, and radio front end (RFE) hardware. “As a result, the gap between the 5G experience and older mobile technologies will widen which will increase the need for operators to retire 2G and 3G networks so as to deploy modern standards,” said Fogg.
At the same time, 5G will start to become the mainstay of the mobile experience in many markets. For countries where the 5G journey is starting, the technology promises a significantly superior experience in these markets. Most of these countries still have a significant amount of 3G in use and the benefit of 5G is likely to be even greater than in the early market upon deployment
Source: Aaron Raj from Tech Wire Asia (2022)