USA, USA, USA: America's 4G Network Is Ranked 62nd 'Best' In The World (Behind Macedonia)

The United States takes pride in being a technological leader in the world. Companies such as Apple, Alphabet, IBM, Amazon and Microsoft have shaped our (digital) lives for many years and there is little indication of that changing anytime soon.

But, as Statista's Felix Richter notes, when it comes to IT infrastructure however, the U.S. is lagging behind the world’s best (and many of its not-so-best), be it in terms of home broadband or wireless broadband speeds. According to OpenSignal's latest State of LTE report, the average 4G download speed in the United States was 16.31 Mbps in Q4 2017.

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That’s little more than a third of the speed that mobile device users in Singapore enjoy and ranks the U.S. at a disappointing 62nd place in the global ranking.

While U.S. mobile networks appear to lack in speed, they are on par with the best in terms of 4G availability. According to OpenSignal's findings, LTE was available to U.S. smartphone users 90 percent of the time, putting the United States in fifth place.


A Sentinel RAT005 Fri, 02/23/2018 - 00:57 Permalink

This is an old principal. Many second world states had nearly zero telecom (copper/pots) coming out of communism and their first infrastructure expense was cell towers. 

They didn’t have anything old to be backwards compatible with nor were they bringing costs forward related to obsolete but still expensive technology.

Just think of the money wasted on isdn here!

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No Time for Fishing QueeroHedge Fri, 02/23/2018 - 10:04 Permalink

Singapore 278 mi²

New York City 304.6 mi²

Netherlands 16,040 mi²

Norway 148,728 mi²

South Korea 38,691 mi²

United States 3,797,000 mi²

Average (meaning many are getting much better) 16 mbs Netflix only needs 1080p HD: 6 Mbps. 4K Ultra HD: 13 Mbps. US has many providers how does Verizon vs ATT vs Sprint vs Boost look. Things might be more complicated than this simple chart.

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TBT or not TBT monkey-EGO Fri, 02/23/2018 - 01:59 Permalink

Sparsely .     The more statist the place, the more densely packed the people are .     Easier to cable them, Bill them, tax them, regulate them, police them etc .    99.99 % LTE coverage is easier to supply to urban serfs.   

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HRClinton ebworthen Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:56 Permalink

Re "U.S.A. = 1 week paid vacation if you are lucky, health care 1/4 of your income, pension robbed, retirement taxed into nothingness. Get back to work Serfs!  The money-changers need more cash, and blood!"

Just be sure to...

   1. Support the Mercs/Troops,

   2. Salute the flag, sing, pray, vote

   3. Consume on Credit

   4. Pay your Taxes, Fees, Licenses

   5. Obey your Gov/Regime and its Money Masters.

If you do all these things, you'll be #1.  #1 Useful Goyim. Mazel tov!


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Balkan A Sentinel Fri, 02/23/2018 - 03:47 Permalink

Sorry, but you're not quite right. The second world doesn't mean there were drums and smoke telecoms before the cell networks. I may witness about Bulgaria.
For decades there were copper phone lines to any small village. At the beginning of 90-ies anybody could have dial-up internet via scratch cards sold in any store (just input the code into modem's settings). Other options were by local providers via coax cable, later most widely and most time via LAN cables, and always better and cheaper during the first decade of 2000s. Since that, optics gradually replaces all telecom, both ground and aerial fed such as internet, phones, TV, etc. For example, in a small village where I have a house, my internet comes through passive optics (PON), it's never below 100Mb/s (down & up), sometimes it exceeds 300Mb and one time 600! Unlimited traffic for about $15/month. And yes, there is 4G coverage there and down main roads and highways.
Thank you.

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aurum4040 RAT005 Fri, 02/23/2018 - 01:44 Permalink

I get 65 MBPS in good areas with Verizon on an S7 Edge. Most cable packages come with at least 100 MBPS right now (in the NE US). Some have 1 GBPS built into the package. You can get Comcast gig internet without tv/phone at $105 a month (not a promotional rate) or cheaper.   Considering the economic utility of the internet, its cheap as hell. People spend more money per month on fuckin Starbucks garbage then GBPS regular price internet service. 

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AntiLeMaire RAT005 Fri, 02/23/2018 - 05:02 Permalink

And I though that I had speed issues. 
Instead of 300 Mbps (advertised max. but depends on area, grrr) my current speed is just 127.3 Mbps Download and 40.8 Mbps Upload. Still a wee bit more than just 6 Mbps ...

The 4G speed of my smartphone is quite acceptable, as I live in NL :)

Edit: Woops that was a test of my WiFi. Correct test using a network cable is 264.1 Mbps Download and 41.2 Mbps Upload  :)

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Gold Pedant GoldHermit Fri, 02/23/2018 - 00:33 Permalink

Was your quick dash for a first post? Sad.

So I'll continue by attempting to be th' "unburiable first reply to first post" --

These poll thingies are usually absurdly retarded when you look at them. It's like broadband being rolled out in Europe in some spots before the US got it. The US had fairly new copper infrastructure, and European states were rolling out fiber a decade later, it sat dormant for years, and then broadband Internet caught on. So these European states were only "ahead" because they delayed rolling out infrastructure. And then when better materials come around for better whatever-mode perfect transmission fiber, the US can jump ahead again and have its single-digit status be ignored by the media.

Another thing that really bothers me is the FCC's usurped authority in defining what broadband is. If you have a few megabits per second and latency under 100ms to anywhere in the globe and you don't call that broadband, what is it? How many porn Blu-Rays do I need to be able to download in under a second to be considered having a "broadband" connection?

Also, don't get me started how two-thirds of the USA is desert and really doesn't warrant rolling out broadband Internet.


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takeaction GoldHermit Fri, 02/23/2018 - 00:38 Permalink

You know what.....Who gives a fuck?  Want to learn something?

My Phone works perfect....and I do not understand people paying more...? $70...$100+ per month???

NOTE: I have NOTHING to gain by telling you this.

T-Mobile for me is the best...

If you sign up for a "Business Account" you get 5 phones with UNLIMITED everything for $120 a month. Each additional phone...$5 a month.  AND...I just buy older phones like the NOTE 4 ($120)  and stay ahead of the curve.

AND....are you ready for this...T-Mobile which used to be "VOICESTREAM"....started in Germany and Hawaii (For the USA) has agreements with over 160 countries for service.  I was in France...My friends with AT&T are paying $50 for a temporary pass.or some horse shit...Costa Rica...Germany....Brazil....Everywhere I fees.....all covered.  The worst countries...Free text messages...amd .20 cents a minute on cruise ships where others are paying over $2 bucks a minute.  T-Mobile kicks ass.


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RAT005 takeaction Fri, 02/23/2018 - 00:47 Permalink

I'm not crazy about the size of the Note 4 but the Note 3 really impresses me.  I think most of the specs beat an iPhone 6 and I usually pay less than $200 for the Note 3.  My plan is 1500 minutes, unlimited texts and 1gig for $28/mo.  I'm sure 1 gig is hard for some people but with wifi at home and enough free places in my travels, I rarely use more than 0.5gig every month.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 RAT005 Fri, 02/23/2018 - 01:14 Permalink

I have a Note 3. I was thinking about upgrading the battery. The thing that surprised me is I can use it with wifi and via 3G: for free. I use it mostly at home so I don't need it to work while driving around. I love it. Tried the Note 8 and the damned thing broke the first time I dropped it. I can't tell you how many times I have dropped the Note 3. It always works. My SIM card is out of date. I have a google voice phone number so I get texts and can get calls. I don't want people to call me on it. So it works for what I need it to do. Mostly to listen to talk radio and podcasts and online banking and stuff like that. Oh and I can watch / listen to long Utube interviews, too. I export the audio to a portable Bose. Great audio.

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PiratePiggy takeaction Fri, 02/23/2018 - 00:51 Permalink

I love t-mobile but moved from a business account to a "senior account"  55 or older - 2 lines unlimited everything for $60 per month.


After reading your comment, I went looking for the current business deal because I need more lines. I see 4 lines for $140 rather than 5 for $120.

Here is the link


Do you have a link for the 5 lines for $120 ?  Thanks,

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