Today’s 4G networks suffer from huge fluctuations in speed throughout the course of the day, says Opensignal, the global mobile analytics company.
In a report titled ‘The 5G Opportunity: How 5G will solve the congestion problems of today’s 4G networks’, Opensignal says depending on the country, the 4G Download Speed a user experience at one hour could be as much as 30 Mbps faster than speed experience just a few hours later.
The most consistent of the 77 countries in our analysis were a diverse list, including several established 4G powerhouses in Asia and Europe as well as Qatar, South Africa and Canada. This indicates a high degree of consistency in speed across the 4G
networks in these countries regardless of the hour.
The 4G networks we enjoy today are light years beyond the 3G networks that kicked off the mobile data revolution at the turn of the millennium, but they have their faults. The biggest among them are inconsistency and congestion.
Congestion on current 4G networks is holding back speeds highlighting the need for new 5G capacity to relieve pressure.
Opensignal’s analysis uncovers that during the optimal time of day — usually when most users are asleep — networks are capable of enabling a significantly faster download experience than during awake hours.
Across the hours of the day, Opensignal’s analysis shows the enormous extent to which 4G speeds drop when most people are awake, using their smartphones and wanting a great mobile data experience.
“This fall in speeds indicates the pressure from millions of simultaneous users with
which operators must cope,” says Opensignal.
As the mobile internet evolves, these fluctuations in speed will become untenable.
Opensignal says consumers will expect the more consistent experience promised by 5G’s proponents. “Future mobile apps and services won’t just demand fast speeds but will need consistent connections.”
5G will add new capacities to help with these wide time-of-day speed variations, says Opensignal.
But Opensignal warns that 5G won’t just deliver faster speeds.
“5G will provide a blanket of capacity, built using new high-bandwidth, high-frequency spectrum bands that will help mitigate the daily cycle of congestion we see on today’s 4G networks. These 5G services will support more simultaneous users at very fast speeds.”