OpenSignal: Mobile network speeds beat Wi-Fi in 33 countries

OpenSignal: Mobile networks are getting faster than Wi-Fi on a global scale

OpenSignal: Mobile networks are getting faster than Wi-Fi on a global scale

However, in places like Lebanon, you can get a 25Mbps faster download on mobile internet. The report hints that the speed difference is more about the home broadband infrastructure, and less about the quality of mobile internet.

But a new study conducted by OpenSignal, a networking firm dedicated to wireless coverage mapping, has caused quite a stir.

Mobile data speeds are faster on average than Wi-Fi in 33 countries, according to a new study from OpenSignal. Up until now, Wi-Fi hotspots were known for delivering faster internet access to the users, but currently, that doesn't seem the case, especially as per the latest OpenSignal report. While Wi-Fi was indisputably faster than cellular nearly all of the time a decade ago when the first iPhone and other smartphones entered the scene, 3G mobile networks were relatively rudimentary compared to today's performance levels.

It is commonly assumed that Wi-Fi connections offer faster downloading speed than mobile networks, but that isn't necessarily true - as in some countries, using Wi-Fi for downloading can be a pain. There is typically an advantage of 10Mbps or more in places such as Australia, Oman, and the Czech Republic, while multi-megabit advantages are seen in places like Austria, Iran, and South Africa, Engadget reported. But again, WiFi has a clear advantage in countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and the USA, where home broadband is relatively faster.

OpenSignal found that in 33 countries or 41 percent of those analyzed mobile delivers faster downloads than Wi Fi                  Image OpenSignal
OpenSignal found that in 33 countries or 41 percent of those analyzed mobile delivers faster downloads than Wi Fi Image OpenSignal

The report also noted efforts by Samsung to make phones that joined to both wi-fi and mobile networks to send data and boost browsing speeds.

"Other countries in Africa where smartphone users enjoy a faster experience on mobile include Kenya (+2.3Mbps) faster than WiFi, Egypt (+5Mbps), Tunisia (+4.7Mbps) and Algeria (+1.2Mbps)". Wi-Fi also used to have a pricing edge over cellular data and greater capacity, but those benefits have shifted dramatically during the last 10 years.

That's a huge change from when the first iPhone launched and when Wi-Fi was way faster everywhere and cheaper. For now, a vast number of users still have cellular plans with limited data, so Wi-Fi might be preferable despite its lower speed.

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