U.S. lags in global 5G data rates2020-08-26 18:11 by Daniela
Tags: 5G, U.S., Opensignal
Despite being one of the first places to offer commercial 5G services, the U.S. trails behind the 11 other countries included in Opensignal's latest analysis of global 5G download speeds.
OpenSignal presented average 5G speeds in 12 countries based on user-initiated speed tests conducted between May 16 and August 14. The US came in last of the 12 countries in 5G speeds, with 10 of the 11 other countries posting 5G speeds that at least doubled those of the US.
Average 5G download speeds in the US are 50.9Mbps which is far behind several countries where 5G speeds are in the 200Mbps to 400Mbps range.
In contrast, Saudi Arabian users had the fastest average 5G speed at 414.2 Mbps, or 14-times faster than average 4G download speeds in that country, Opensignal said. At that rate, an HD movie would download in 41 seconds. Second place went to South Korea at 312.7 Mbps while Australia was third at 215.7 Mbps.
The key reason that U.S. lacks speedier service is the type of the airwave bands that carriers are using for 5G. In most other countries, carriers use the 3.5GHz band, which provides a good balance of speed and availability, but that band has been unavailable to wireless carriers in the U.S.
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