On the afternoon of August 27th, Beijing time, the focus on low-band deployment led the United States to rank last in an Opensignal analysis of 5G typical data rates in 12 countries.
The average downlink rate in the United States is 50.9mbps, which is significantly lower than the 414.2mbps of Saudi Arabia, which ranks first.
Opensignal pointed out that the focus on low-frequency deployment is a factor affecting the performance of 5G in the United States. Operators tend to focus on coverage rather than network speed, except for Verizon. Due to the use of millimeter wave spectrum, the operator was given a high evaluation in the previous analysis.
However, Opensignal pointed out that low-band spectrum provides “excellent availability and coverage” compared to high-band, which results in the United States ranking fifth in the time it takes to connect to 5G.
Among the 4G/5G integrated data rates announced by Opensignal, the United States suffered another blow, ranking second at the bottom with a rate of 33.4mbps. Saudi Arabia once again topped the list, with a typical rate of 144.5mbps.
In Opensignal’s survey earlier this year, the United States also ranked bottom among eight countries, becoming the only country with a 5G rate lower than Wi-Fi .