Over the past three years, there has been a steady rise in smartphone users across the globe. At the same time, penetration of high-speed 4G LTE networks has also seen a rise, and most credit can be given to the fast internet requirement of users. 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.

The firm conducted surveys in several countries across the globe, and there are about 33 countries where mobile data is faster compared to Wi-Fi. These counties include Middle Eastern national, European, African and Latin American nations. Australia topped the chart with average mobile internet speed of 34.6Mbps, whereas Wi-Fi download speed was about 21.6Mbps. In Lebanon, Wi-Fi speed had an average of 2.5Mbps, whereas mobile internet topped at 14.8Mbps.

Credit – OpenSignal

In countries such as Czech Republic, Oman, Greece, UAE, South Africa, Turkey and Iran to name a few, mobile internet speeds average over 10Mbps. However, in countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and the US, Wi-Fi clearly has an advantage, thanks to home broadband.

As the world is preparing to embrace 5G, the problem with overcrowded network may finally get resolved. The findings from OpenSignal also suggest that going forward, Wi-Fi may not be the best when it comes to super-fast internet.

Strangely, India hasn’t been a part of the OpenSignal survey, as good 4G LTE coverage in India doesn’t necessarily translate into good and steady download speeds. According to recent OpenSignal report, Airtel offers average download speed of 10Mbps, whereas Vodafone, Airtel and Reliance Jio have anywhere between 5.5Mbps to 6.5Mbps speeds.

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