A study from OpenSignal, a London and based network-testing company reveals that Sweden has the fastest 4G LTE network in the world. The country, which beat Hong Kong, Denmark, Canada, Australia, South Korea, Germany, the United States, and Japan, currently averages 22.1 Mbps in download speeds. Meanwhile, Hong Kong has an average speed of 19.6 Mbps; Denmark has 19.1 Mbps; Canada has 18.1 Mbps; Australia has 17.3 Mbps; South Korea with 16.4 Mbps; Germany with 14 Mbps; the United States with 9.6 Mbps; and lastly, Japan, with 7.1 Mbps.
Sweden, according to OpenSignal, is also the first country to launch an LTE network, followed by the United States.
Gigaom explains that the low average rating that the United States received was possibly caused by the configuration of the networks of mobile carriers in the country.
Says Gigaom, “While most operators around the world secured 40 MHz of spectrum with which to launch their new 4G networks, U.S. carriers have been working with smaller swatches of airwaves. Verizon and AT&T are using 20 MHz for their initial rollouts, while Sprint and MetroPCS are dealing with as little as 10 MHz. If you’re working with half the spectrum, your connections will sport half the bandwidth.”
OpenSignal’s methodology for the study involved gathering data from respondents through the OpenSignal Android app, which is free to download from Google Play. OpenSignal clarifies that the app does not collect information that would identify the respondents. It instantly sends the information to its servers, and later makes the same available on its website.
The company’s mission, as per its website, is “become the global authority on wireless networks.” To do this, it works to build a database of information regarding mobile phone towers, carrier signals, and Wi-Fi access points from across the globe.
For the LTE study, the company gathered information about LTE signals in as many as 62 countries.