The average download speed for 5G devices in the U.S. is 50.9 Mbps, according to a new report. Though that may initially seem great, it is terrible news when compared to other countries that average 200 to 400 Mbps 5G speeds. The difference between 4G and 5G speeds in the U.S. aren’t groundbreaking either – 5G speeds are about 1.8 times faster than 4G speeds.
A new report from OneSignal brings together 4G and 5G speed data from 12 countries, including the United States. The data is based on user-initiated speed tests conducted between May 16 and August 14. Out of the 12 countries, the U.S. ranked the lowest in terms of 5G speeds. 10 out of the other 11 countries also had at least double the speed for 5G connection compared to the U.S. Saudi Arabia, and South Korea produced the highest 5G speeds at 414.2Mbps and 312.7Mbps, respectively.
What’s interesting to note is when the speed data for the combined experience of 4G and 5G are looked at, the U.S. still ranks second-to-last with an average of 33.4 Mbps. In this chart, the highest spots were taken by Saudi Arabia (144.5Mbps) and Canada (90.4Mbps).
When it comes to 5G availability, the U.S. did better, ranking at the 5th position at 19.3%. This data represented the time a user spent connected to 5G. Saudi Arabia took first place with a strong 34.4%.
OneSignal’s report says: “The modest 5G download speeds in the US are due to a combination of the limited amount of new mid-band 5G spectrum that is available and the popularity of low-band spectrum—T-Mobile’s 600MHz and AT&T’s 850MHz—which offer excellent availability and reach but lower average speeds than the 3.5GHz mid-band spectrum used as the main 5G band in every country outside of the US.”
To conclude, carriers are focusing on expanding the mid-band while the low-band spectrum continues to be popular among users. That’s is also why the U.S. appears strong on the availability chart, though being a very large country. It is still unknown when the expansion of mid-band and high-hand will be complete, covering the nation with 100Mbps+ 5G speeds.
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Source: Ars Technica