U.S. LTE Wireless Broadband Speeds 59th Worldwide
The good news: Open Signal's latest report on the status of LTE networks indicates that the United States ranks fourth in overall LTE availability, with 86.5% able to access an LTE signal. The bad news: LTE service in the States is slower than dozens of other countries worldwide; the report ranking the United States fifty-ninth in terms of average downstream speeds at around 15 Mbps. Most studies historically also indicate that United States citizens pay more money for LTE wireless broadband than most other developed countries.
According to the report, LTE speeds have slowed worldwide since the beginning of the year, with the number of countries with average speeds in excess of 20 Mbps dropping since the first quarter of 2017.
“We're tracking two distinct trends in LTE,” notes the company. “While access to LTE service is unmistakably increasing around the world, the once impressive growth in 4G speeds seems to have ground to a halt. While the former trend is most certainly good news, the latter isn't necessarily bad news."
Overall, the report indicates that the global average 4G download speed increased from 16.2 Mbps to 16.6 Mbps between the first and the third quarters of this year. Signal quality is improving as well, notes the firm. 4G users in 50 of the 77 countries examined by Open Signal were able to access an LTE signal in at least 70% of attempts, up from the 33 countries that demonstrated the same capability half a year ago.
US LTE scored well by this metric, Americans able to access LTE 86.94% of the time, fifth highest in the world. That said, the US' fifty-ninth place showing for speed falls well behind world leader South Korea -- where users see average speeds of 45.9 Mbps -- and Singapore -- where LTE customers see average speeds of 46.6 Mbps.
You can find the full Open Signal report here
(pdf) if you're interested.