LTE Networks: Australia fastest, U.S. second slowest

CANBERRA: Open Signal has released a report for the state of LTE coverage and speeds around the world, which revealed that, contrary to what one expects, not all LTE networks perform comparably. Australia came out on top having the fastest LTE network speed.

The report said the U.S. has the slowest LTE networks in the world. American carriers do a good job of providing coverage with their LTE networks, but when it comes to the networks’ speed, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint cannot keep up with the rest of the world.

U.S. carriers had the second-slowest speed among all LTE networks worldwide, as per the ‘State of LTE’ report by Open Signal, a company that has made an app that helps users find areas with best network coverage. The report shows LTE network performance in the second half of 2013.

On an average, US LTE networks provide users with download speeds of 6.5 Mb per second, only faster than Philippines network, which has an average speed of 5.3 Mbps. Australia was the fastest country, with an average speed of 24.5 Mbps.

Although Philippines has averaged the slowest speed, the U.S. had the slowest networks when it was broken down by individual carriers. Sprint, MetroPCS and Virgin Mobile were reported as the the slowest networks with average speeds of 4.2 Mbps or less.

Compared to 2012, U.S. LTE networks has suffered the most decline, with the average speed dropping from 9.6 Mbps to 6.5 Mbps. Japan and Australia, on the other hand, have improved the speeds of their LTE networks. Topping the chart is Australia, which improved its average download speed by 42 percent; from 17.3Mbps to 24.5Mbps

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