Benchmarking the 5G experience in Asia Pacific & impressive development in Southeast Asia
According to the most recent Opensignal report on the 5G mobile network experience in Asia Pacific, South Korea dominates all three speed measures: 5G Download Speed, 5G Peak Download Speed, and 5G Upload Speed. Users in South Korea were the only ones in the region to see average 5G download rates of over 300 Mbps, with some reaching 438 Mbps.
Taiwan and New Zealand are statistically equal for second place in 5G download speed with scores of 263.1 Mbps and 253 Mbps. Taiwan is also tied for second position in 5G Peak Download Speed (614 Mbps) with Australia (597.8 Mbps), and is clear second in 5G Upload Speed with 30 Mbps.
The new 5G spectrum is more limited in Southeast Asia than in South Korea, Japan, or Australia, which explains the lower speeds in all areas. Singapore is ahead of the Philippines and Indonesia in this category. Singapore, on the other hand, benefits from a compact metropolitan topography that should make 5G deployment easier.
Furthermore, because Indonesian carriers only began launching 5G in the middle of 2021, the results reflect a much earlier stage of the 5G market and are anticipated to alter dramatically in the future as Indonesian operators extend their 5G services or, in some cases, offer 5G for the first time.
With a score of 91.9 on a 100-point scale, South Korea has a strong lead in the 5G Games Experience. Singapore and Indonesia, on the other hand, are placed second and third, respectively, with statistically tied ratings of 85.4 and 84.6.
Multiplayer mobile gaming shows far more variety in scores among our consumers in Asia Pacific markets than mobile video streaming or real-time conversations via mobile voice apps. When comparing 5G and 4G mobile network experiences, the Philippines experienced the most improvement.
Our consumers reported average 5G download speeds that were 8.9 times quicker than the Philippines' average 4G rates. When it came to mobile video streaming, Filipino users who used 5G compared to 4G had a 33 percent better Video Experience score. Indonesia also finished in second place for uplift in Video Experience, with a score of 29 percent higher.
With 5G, users in all ten markets noticed a significant increase in average download speeds. Users in Thailand had a 7.5-fold increase in speed, while users in Taiwan experienced a 7.2-fold increase.
Even in developed markets with high-quality current 4G networks, 5G customers experienced substantial speed gains. South Korean users, for example, experienced 6.3 times faster connections, Singaporeans four times faster speeds, and Japanese users 3.4 times faster speeds.
As operators broaden the scope of their 5G offerings, 5G continues to mature as a technology. Boosting in-building signal propagation and rural reach through the use of lower frequency bands for 5G, or deploying 5G on new spectrum bands that improve speed and capacity — if mid or higher frequency — or deploying 5G on new spectrum bands that improve speed and capacity — if lower frequency bands are used.
Our users in the region had varied degrees of access to 5G services. When compared internationally, consumers in South Korea spend 30.7 percent of their time with an active 5G connection, which is an exceptional 5G Availability score. South Korean consumers also saw 5G service in almost two-thirds of the areas they visited, earning a 6.6 on a 10-point scale for 5G Reach.
Surprisingly, this places Singapore (13 percent and 3.5) and Hong Kong (23.3 percent) ahead of much smaller markets, at least in terms of 5G Availability, though Hong Kong's score of 6.3 for 5G Reach is statistically tied with South Korea.