The U.S. is the worldwide leader in technology, so you would expect our cellular Internet speeds to be up there with the world's fastest. As we've seen with broadband Internet speed, however, we don't always measure up.
OpenSignal has released some new charts comparing worldwide cellular speeds. It collects data from Apple and Android smartphones using the OpenSignal app, which also helps you see cellular coverage before you visit an area. So, what did it find?
Here are the top 10 countries with the fastest 4G LTE cellular (given in megabits-per-second):
- New Zealand - 36Mbps
- Singapore - 33Mbps
- Romania - 30Mbps
- South Korea - 29Mbps
- Denmark - 26Mbps
- Hungary - 25Mbps
- Austria - 24Mbps
- United Arab Emirates - 22Mbps
- Greece - 21Mbps
- Australia - 20Mbps
The United States doesn't have as strong a showing. We come in at number 55 with 10Mbps, just behind Mexico and India.
On the other hand, the U.S. is 10th place for LTE time coverage with 78%. According to OpenSignal, that means U.S. customers can get LTE 78% of the time they're using their phones.
New Zealand, on the other hand, might have the fastest average speed, but its time coverage is only 51%. So, its cellular customers have faster speeds, but not as often, and probably in fewer locations.
The top countries for both speed and time coverage are Singapore and South Korea, which also usually take top spots for broadband Internet speed. However, they're both incredibly small and prosperous areas, so rolling on a fast network isn't as tough as it is in the U.S.
OpenSignal also breaks down the data by each country's carriers. In the U.S., T-Mobile and Verizon tie for speed at 12Mbps, while AT&T, U.S. Cellular and Sprint trail at 8Mbps, 6Mpbs and 6Mpbs, respectively.
For time coverage, the order goes Verizon (84%), AT&T (81%), T-Mobile (77%), U.S. Cellular (73%) and Sprint (64%). While OpenSignal says that time coverage doesn't necessarily equal geographic coverage, in this case it more or less does.
For more details and information on LTE worldwide, visit OpenSignal's site and check out its cool interactive graphs.
So, what do you think about the U.S. being 55th for Internet speed? Is it fast enough for you, or do you wish you had faster mobile Internet? Let us know in the comments.