“LTE. Usually quicker than its predecessor, 3G, the 4G standard is being heavily marketed to consumers as carriers around the world upgrade their networks and infrastructure to accommodate higher data consumption and increased connectivity,” Charlie Osborne reports for ZDNet. “However, even as subscribers adopt the new technology — and pricing to match — there is a broad range of experiences when it boils down to download speed, the proportion of time spent using LTE, and overall customer satisfaction.”

“Network monitor OpenSignal has released new data examining the state of LTE networks worldwide, reminding us that just because next-generation wireless networks are established does not mean they remain stable or constant,” Osborne reports. “According to OpenSignal’s data, as operators roll out new areas and make improvements, an increase in subscribers can make networks creak under the strain — lowering average download speeds.”

Osborne reports, “According to OpenSignal, 4G networks provided by U.S. carriers vary wildly in both speed and time spent on the networks.”

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