LTE Nov 2017 Open Signal 230Slowly, the U.S. has dropped to #57 in the world. Reliance Jio has a world-class network built in the last three years. Verizon had a world-leading network in 2009-2012, the first large LTE network in the world. U.S. 4G speeds are half those in Canada and Spain. We are behind Russia, Brazil, Tunisia and dozens of others.

Singapore, South Korea, and Norway are the fastest. Eastern Europe does surprisingly well, presumably because their networks are more recent. The map and the detailed chart below are published by Open Signal, where the originals are interactive.

The data are from the first half of 2017, published in November. They are based on an amazing 50B tests. Presumably, the people who volunteer for the app are more technically inclined and likely to have purchased faster service. While that drives the averages up, I see no reason to believe the country comparisons are skewed. 

The Indian data are from TRAI government testing in October, via the Economic Times. The other major Indian carriers are less than half the speed, desperately trying to catch up as most companies are falling by the wayside. 

Here is the Open Signal chart from November. 

The State of LTE OpenSignal 700

dave askDec 2017 Verizon just confirmed the $20B 5G build is on, as I reported in May. Gigabit LTE is real in 2017. So is 5G Massive MIMO. 5G mmWave to fixed antennas is likely 2018, with mobile to follow. China, Japan, Korea, and Verizon U.S. are firm, with heavy investment expected 2019-2021. 

Being a reporter is a great job for a geek. I'm not an engineer but I've learned from some of the best, including the primary inventors of DSL, cable modems, MIMO, Massive MIMO, and now 5G mmWave. Since 1999, I've done my best to get closer to the truth about broadband.

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