Signal opena company specializing in measuring the performance of mobile networks in the United States, found that the launch of 5G in C-band and the continued expansion of other mid-band 5Gs have pushed the average performance of the network protocol by fifth generation beyond public Wi-Fi in the United States.

In the new reportOpensignal analyzed mobile game performance and average download speeds for public Wi-Fi, 4G and 5G midband and millimeter wave.

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By asking users to rate their mobile gaming performance on each network technology using a 100-point scale, the measurement company found that mmWave 5G delivered, by far, the highest rating of any technology. with a score of 81.8 out of 100. However, mid-band 5G – which is generally a bit slower than mmWave, but offers much greater range – still beats public Wi-Fi networks with a score of 74, 5 against a rating of 72 for public Wi-Fi.

This performance survey focused on mobile gamers playing titles that Opensignal calls “real-time multiplayer” games, such as PUBG, Fortnite, Arena of Valor, and several sports titles.


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Opensignal noted that 5G has overtaken Wi-Fi thanks in large part to its rapidly increasing average download speeds. Specifically, its latest test found a nationwide average download rate of 571.6 Mbps for mmWave 5G. Of course, this is only available to the few people who live or work in the relatively small areas where mmWave 5G is supported. That said, there’s good news for mid-band 5G users too, with the technology’s average download rate having now reached a national average of 112.9 Mbps.

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Even 4G beat public Wi-Fi, averaging 32.5 Mbps nationwide, compared to public Wi-Fi’s 23.3 Mbps. It’s worth noting that both home and business Wi-Fi fared much better, averaging 89.6 Mbps. That still puts them below the mid-band 5G score, though.

Reasons for the surprisingly poor performance of public Wi-Fi networks, according to Opensignal, include congestion and interference issues inherent in crowded public spaces, the prevalence of “old or slow” fixed broadband foundations for these networks, and the use of obsolete equipment. access point technology.

Interestingly, download speed is one area where Wi-Fi continues to beat all but mmWave 5G. Opensignal found that mmWave 5G networks produced a national average of 30.5 Mbps, followed by public Wi-Fi’s 19.5 Mbps. Mid-band 5G lagged here with download rates of 15.6 Mbps, while 4G averaged just 7.9 Mbps.