The latest quarterly report from OpenSignal has revealed that the global 4G market has reached a transition point wherein the telecoms industry is now intent on boosting accessibility to 4G signals instead of focusing on boosting speeds.
Though individual operators have broken the 50-Mbps barrier for average 4G download speeds, no country has provided LTE connections greater than 50 Mbps. South Korea and Singapore are the closest, averaging 45.9 Mbps and 46.6 Mbps respectively.
For the Philippines, the country was ninth from the last in the list in 4G availability with 58.83-percent coverage.
In its latest test period, OpenSignal said 50 countries of the 77 countries examined had 4G availability scores above 70%, compared to 33 countries just six months ago.
“That means 4G users in those 50 countries were able to latch onto an LTE signal in more than 7 every 10 attempts. It’s a sign that 4G has reached maturity in many more countries,” the report said.
While LTE availability is increasing worldwide, the same can’t be said for LTE speeds. No new country joined the 40-Mbps club since the last survey, and the number of countries that averaged speeds greater than 20 Mbps has fallen, rather than increased.
Despite the fall off in speeds among the top countries, the global average 4G download did increase slightly from 16.2 Mbps to 16.6 Mbps in the last six months.
The Philippines was fourth from the last in the rankings with 4G speeds of 8.24 Mbps.
A huge influx of new 4G users in developing countries is lifting LTE speeds in the bottom half of the rankings, the report indicated.