These are signs of great expansion and decisive improvements in speed that come from the analysis of the data on the world growth of 5G in 2020 carried out by Speedtest Intelligence.

Insights on data on the performance of fixed broadband and mobile telephony worldwide are based on millions of tests performed by consumers every day with Speedtest, app and Ookla service that allows users to verify the performance of their Internet connection.

The company’s experts have therefore examined data from over 60.5 million Speedtest results obtained during the third quarter of 2020 to see how much speed has improved and where performance is highest at country level, as well as where implementations have increased and the picture

Ookla has reported that it has included only countries in most lists where 5G connectivity is available on the market, in order to provide a more accurate view of the performance that consumers can reasonably expect. The data showed results for many countries where 5G is not yet commercially available, and these tests were probably of engineers who were testing their networks. In addition, the company provided the analysis only for countries with more than 200 samples during the third quarter of 2020.

The world’s median 5G download speed was 954% higher than the 4G rate in the third quarter of 2020. The median 5G upload speed is 311% higher than the 4G one. Consumers are enthusiastically adopting the new technology and many have wanted to measure the transmission capacity of their network connection, Ookla notes: only in the third quarter of 2020 the speedtest results on 5G were 4.324.788.

The United Arab Emirates are at the top of the list of countries with the top 10% of the fastest 5G downloads in the third quarter of 2020. The top 10% (or 90th percentile) measures performance from 10% faster than users and is a way to assess what networks are capable of in each country. Saudi Arabia is second in this ranking, followed by Norway, Spain and Japan.

Another way to measure 5G performance is to look at the median download speed, which is a better predictor of the type of performance that most customers of the latest generation connectivity can expect. Norway was the country with the highest median download speed on 5G in the third quarter of 2020. The United Arab Emirates ranked second in this category, South Africa third, then Saudi Arabia and Spain.

The 5G performance analysis for 18 world capitals in the third quarter of 2020 showed that Abu Dhabi had the highest median download speed at 546.81 Mbps. Riyadh ranked second, Madrid third, Seoul fourth and Kuwait City fifth. As is also the case at national level, the average upload speed was much lower than the download speed.

Italy recorded the highest median download speed on 5G among all G7 countries. Japan has ranked second, Canada third, United Kingdom fourth and Germany fifth. The United States recorded the highest time spent on 5G, followed by Canada. Since France launched 5G on the market only in the last two weeks, it has not been included.

Spain has instead shown the highest median download speed on 5G among the 11 countries of the European Union with sufficient samples to be classified in the third quarter of 2020. Hungary is second, Finland third, Romania fourth and Ireland fifth. The median download speed of Spain on 5G also represented the highest gain compared to 4G among all these countries, partly because Spain recorded the second lowest median download speed with 4G.

The Netherlands recorded the highest Time Spent on 5G among the countries of the European Union during the third quarter of 2020. Denmark has positioned second for the 5G time spent between EU countries in the third quarter of 2020 and Finland third.

The data from Cell Analytics provide a comprehensive view of 5G coverage in Q3 2020. This map, based on connectivity data for Speedtest users who have l’opt-in, shows that 5G is rapidly spreading to the United States, Europe, the Arabian Peninsula and Asia. In other regions, 5G is mainly available in larger cities, if not in all.

According to the Ookla 5G Map, the number of countries with 5G deployment increased by 62.3% between the 3rd quarter 2019 and 3rd quarter 2020, with 99 countries with 5G at the end of 3rd quarter 2020. There were 14,643 cities worldwide with 5G deployment at the end of the 3rd quarter of 2020, with an increase of 1.671% compared to the 3rd quarter of 2019. The total number of implementations worldwide was 17.046. These accounts include commercially available 5G networks, those with limited availability and those in pre-release.

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