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5G Users in US Experiencing the Highest Download Speed in the World

But in Australia, the maximum speed experienced by 4G users was so fast that the maximum 5G speed was actually slightly slower than the maximum 4G speed

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FILE - Attendees wait in line for a 5G exhibition at the Qualcomm booth during CES 2019 consumer electronics show, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Jan. 10, 2019 (Representational image). VOA

5G users in the US are experiencing the highest download speed in the world, approximately three times as fast as 4G users’ maximum speed, according to a new research on Monday.

Peak download speed for 5G users in the US clocked-in at 1815 Mbps, followed by Switzerland at 1145 Mbps and South Korea at 1071 Mbps, showed the study by London-based mobile analytics company Opensignal.

The researchers pointed out that these are early days of the 5G era and the 5G maximum speeds are expected to continue to increase as the service expands its reach.

The difference between 5G users’ max speed and 4G users ranged from 2.7 times as fast in the US, 2.6 times as fast in Switzerland, Opensignal VP Analysis Ian Fogg said in a blog discussing the findings.

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FILE – A banner of the 5G network is displayed during the Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 25, 2019. VOA

But in Australia, the maximum speed experienced by 4G users was so fast that the maximum 5G speed was actually slightly slower than the maximum 4G speed.

For the study, the researchers looked at the maximum real-world speeds seen in eight countries which have launched 5G services – Switzerland, South Korea, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.

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“It’s unsurprising to see that the current 5G maximum speed is so much greater in the US, because operators there are already able to use mmWave spectrum for 5G,” Fogg said.

“This is extremely high capacity and extremely fast spectrum but has very limited coverage compared with the 3.4-3.8 GHz 5G ‘mid band’ spectrum typically used in most of the other countries we analyzed where mmWave spectrum is not yet available,” he added. (IANS)

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Launch of 5G Technology may help Smartphone Markets to Flourish Well

The impact of the launch of 5G devices and services will fully reflect in 2020

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Initially, operators providing subsidies on high-cost 5G devices, in order to poach in early users, will help push 5G device shipments. Pixabay

Launch of 5G devices and services, as well as growing demand in emerging markets like India, Russia, Indonesia, will help the global smartphone market return to growth in 2020, says a new forecast by Counterpoint Research.

This is after another year of slow sales in 2019 due to a slowdown in the developed markets due to a longer replacement cycle, increasing sales of refurbished devices, the lack of 5G iPhones, and the US trade ban on Huawei.

“We estimate that smartphone shipments in 2019 will decline by 3 per cent year-on-year (YoY). So far, in 2019, the mobile phone market faced a slowdown as many developed markets have broadly transitioned to 4G networks and smartphones.

“The launch of 5G services in 2019 will bring some relief to OEMs and reduce the quantum of market decline in 2019. However, the impact of the launch of 5G devices and services will fully reflect in 2020,” Shobhit Srivastava, Research Analyst, COunterpoint Research, said in a statement.

The decline in 2019 is attributable to growing average sale price (ASPs) of the premium tier with higher quality hardware, which will continue to increase holding periods.

Initially, operators providing subsidies on high-cost 5G devices, in order to poach in early users, will help push 5G device shipments. The prices of such devices are estimated to decline in 2020 and will further increase the adoption.

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Launch of 5G devices and services, as well as growing demand in emerging markets like India, Russia, Indonesia, will help the global smartphone market return to growth in 2020, says a new forecast by Counterpoint Research. Pixabay

“Looking closely at the other factors that hindered smartphone sales in 2019, we see that the untimely ban on Huawei has left a big mark on the global smartphone market. However, Huawei has been aggressively increasing its market share in China to counter the decline in overseas markets,” Srivastava added.

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The Chinese smartphone giant has already shipped over 115 million smartphones in the first half of (H1) 2019, and the push in China will help it post annual growth in 2019, the market research firm estimates. (IANS)