Report: America's 4G LTE is really slow
It's hard to look at the news lately and not come to this conclusion - the internet in the U.S. just plain stinks compared to the rest of the world. Today is the most recent example.
A recent study published by OpenSignal, which uses iOS and Android apps to measure performance on its users' devices, shows the U.S. posted an average wireless connection speed of 6.5 Mbps in 2013. That ranked 15th out of the 16 countries examined in the study, edging out only the Philippines' 5.3 Mbps average. Australia led the list at 24.5 Mbps, followed by Italy, Brazil, Hong Kong, Denmark, and our neighbors to the north, Canada, which boasts connection speeds more than three times faster than those in the U.S.
This, of course, was a significant decline for the U.S. from the last time OpenSignal recorded this kind of data a year ago, in which the U.S. posted an average speed of 9.6 Mbps. Only two other countries saw a decline in that same period: Sweden, which declined from 22.1 Mbps to 19.2 Mbps, and Germany, from 14 Mbps to 13.6 Mbps. Australia saw an increase from 17.3 Mbps to 24.5 Mbps, and Japan increased from 7.1 Mbps to 11.8 Mbps in that timeframe, marking the two biggest speed increases across the last two studies.
Broken down by network, AT&T fared the best among U.S. carriers, with an average speed of 8.9 Mbps, followed by Verizon at 7.6 Mbps. Seven of the 10 slowest networks measured in the study are in the U.S., and no U.S. carrier ranked higher than ninth-worst. MetroPCS brought up the rear, with just 2.4 Mbps average speeds. OpenSignal addressed any concerns about measuring a network that was acquired by T-Mobile at the beginning of the year in ...