Quality of Service of Mobile Networks 2014 – Coverage and Service Quality

2015.01.20
Author: RFBENCHMARK
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Quality of Service of Mobile Networks 2014 – Coverage and Service Quality

In 2014 we released first version of mobile application allowing measurements of radio coverage and service quality of Mobile Networks Worldwide.

In 2014 users of RFBenchmark application conducted more than 200 000 Internet Speed Tests and collected 19 Millions of Signal Quality Results.

We would like to present short summary of 2014 results related to Mobile Networks Quality and drive some conclusions and predict Mobile Networks Quality Trend for 2015 and beyond.

Below Graph presents 2G/3G/LTE technology utilization for all tests conducted in 2014.

15 % 22 % 63 %
2G 4G LTE 3G

Achieved results indicated clearly that majority of users had an access to latest mobile technologies 3G & LTE. In 2015 we predict higher share of 3G & 4G-LTE measurements among all conducted test due to higher saturation of latest terminals on the market (LTE) and intensive rollout of LTE technologies Worldwide.

Next Graphs presents Internet Speed Tests results using Mobile Internet Access (average & maximum). More precise information regarding each parameter and how to interpret Speed Test Results you can find at: Methodology & Internet Speed Test Articles.

Mobile Internet Access Quality (DL – data download, UL – data upload, RTT – Round Trip Time – Delay) – averaged test results vs. maximum.

94 Kbps 59 Kbps 6.2 Mbps 1.9 Mbps 17.5 Mbps 12.6 Mbps
DL UL DL UL DL UL
2G 3G 4G LTE

236 ms 164 ms 51 ms
2G 3G 4G LTE
Mobile Internet Access Quality (DL – data download, UL – data upload, RTT – Round Trip Time – Delay) – the best of all measurements.

201 Kbps 140 Kbps 35.6 Mbps 4.9 Mbps 85.1 Mbps 47.0 Mbps
DL UL DL UL DL UL
2G 3G 4G LTE
38 ms 12 ms 9 ms
2G 3G 4G LTE

Achieved Internet Speed Test results indicated clearly predominance of LTE technology against 3G – WCDMA (even with HSPA + enabled – 42 Mbps). Current LTE network deployments allows to achieve, in good radio conditions, Downlink Internet Speed ~ 150 Mbps (example: Average Movie ~ 600 MB can be downloaded in less than 30 seconds).

150 Mbps in Downlink is definitely not the last word of Telecommunication Industry. Quality of Service – Mobile Internet Speed Access with improve further in 2015 and beyond. New technologies like LTE Advanced (~ 220 Mbps), will become available in first commercial mobile networks in 2015. Further extensions of LTE standard can results in maximum speeds ~ 1 Gbps.

Within last 10 Year we are observing amazing change of offered Mobile Internet Quality of Service – starting from Mobile Internet Access Speed – 50kbps (GSM) -> 330kbps (3G R99) -> ~ 30 Mbps (HSPA+) and 150 Mbps (LTE).

LTE technology is more than 25 thousand faster comparing to first deployments of GSM Internet Access results.




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