Seoul recorded the fastest average 5G download speeds at 453.1 Mbps, 20.3% faster than speeds seen in the second-fastest city, Kuala Lumpur, at 376.1 Mbps, according to new analysis by the independent analysis company Opensignal.

However, users in Kuala Lumpur enjoyed the fastest 5G download speed at 52.8 Mbps, 12.3-13.7 Mbps faster than 5G download speed in the following two cities: Seoul (40, 6 Mbps) and Taipei (39.1 Mbps).

Opensignal cites the specific Malaysian market situation as the reason why Kuala Lumpur tops the list.

Many carriers in the country are not yet using Malaysia’s national wholesale 5G network — Digital National Berhad (DNB).

Main operator Yeswhich was launched relatively recently, remains only the only company to use DNB.

Yes soft was launched in December 2021 before being fully commercially launched at the end of May 2022.

As a result, DNB is currently operating with far fewer users and a much lighter load than most 5G city networks in the region.

When it comes to our users’ 5G experience when streaming mobile video (5G Video Experience) or playing multiplayer mobile games (5G Games Experience), users in Taipei and Auckland had the best experience. 5G video with their statistically related scores from 80 to 81.3 points on a 100 point scale.

Singapore does well in 5G video streaming and 5G multiplayer gaming, ranking third for 5G video experience and tied with Hong Kong and Seoul.

This means that 5G users in Seoul, Singapore and Jakarta enjoyed the best experience playing real-time multiplayer mobile games over 5G connections.

For 5G to provide consumers with compelling reasons to adopt the new technology, it must deliver performance beyond what users have already experienced with 4G, Opensignal said.

While it’s still early days for 5G in Malaysia, people in Kuala Lumpur have seen a huge difference in their average download speeds when they connect to 5G instead of 4G.

The city’s download speed score is 19 times higher than its 4G download speed score.

Again, this is due to the recent launch of 5G in Malaysia and the relatively light use of DNB.

Manila takes second place with a 5G download speed score that was 7.3 times faster than its average 4G download speeds.

When streaming mobile video, users in Manila experienced the greatest improvement: their 5G video experience score of 71.6 was 54% better than their 4G video experience.

However, for users to benefit from the enhanced experience that 5G can provide, they must spend a significant portion of their time connected to 5G and be able to find a 5G signal in the places they visit.

When it comes to 5G availability, the time our 5G users were able to connect to 5G varies widely – from 43.4% in Seoul to just 2% in Jakarta.

Seoul leads by a significant margin of 13.2 percentage points over Taipei and 15.7 percentage points over third-placed Bangkok.

5G reach has a similar pattern to 5G availability, Opensignsal finds.

5G reach quantifies the proportion of locations our users visited where they were able to connect to 5G across all locations they visited.

Seoul had the highest score (7.6 points on a 10-point scale), while Jakarta ranked last with 0.6 points.

Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Auckland, and Tokyo are at the bottom of both charts for 5G availability and 5G range.

Clearly, these major cities in the Asia-Pacific region are at very different stages of their 5G journey, Opensignal said.

As deployments progress and user adoption increases, the 5G user experience will change, but not always in simple ways.

As the number of users on a network increases and new deployments move away from the busiest locations, average speeds can drop.

This is not a hard and fast rule, as a lot also depends on the amount and type of spectrum operators use for their 5G networks.

Increased access to the 3.5 GHz (or higher) band, along with spectrum refarming away from older technologies, a shift to 5G standalone access, and the introduction of new versions of 5G, would all help improve the 5G experience of our users in these countries. cities.

This first appeared in the CommsWire subscription newsletter on August 17, 2022.