OpenSignal: Wi-Fi slower than mobile internet in 33 countries

Nov

25

2018

According to a report from OpenSignal, there are 33 countries in which on average faster internet can be found on mobile networks than on the Wi-Fi of homes and businesses. The biggest difference was measured in Australia, where the wifi was 13mbit / s slower than mobile.

OpenSignal has scrutinized a total of 80 countries, including 41 percent faster mobile internet. For the remaining 47 countries, the opposite applies. The Netherlands and Belgium are among those 47 countries. In the Netherlands the Wi-Fi speed is 44mbit / s and mobile at 37mbit / s. Belgium is narrowly in the category ‘Wi-Fi is faster’ with 34mbit / s and 33mbit / s.

The findings differ very widely. In Singapore, for example, the highest Wi-Fi speeds have been measured by almost 75mbit / s, but mobile internet is also very fast at 39mbit / s. Hong Kong is completely on the other side of the spectrum compared to Australia. There the wifi speed with around 54mbit / s is very respectable, but mobile internet taps a relatively meager 15mbit / s.

OpenSignal anticipates that this gap will only grow when 5g is introduced on the mobile market. That upgrade is in full swing, while fixed broadband connections can hardly get upgrades with fast technology such as fiber to the premises . OpenSignal suggests that telcos and smartphone makers reconsider the policy of ‘always prefer Wi-Fi’ since the quality difference between the two can be considerable.

OpenSignal wifi vs. mobile (Nov. ’18)

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