The Data Shows Only 10% of 5G Users Get Top Speeds

Access to 5G is becoming quite widespread, and most users are excited to take advantage of the high speeds that it is supposed to send their way. In spite of the fact that this is the case, the data shows that not every user gets to experience the highest possible speeds that 5G is supposed to offer with all things having been considered and taken into account.

A report from Ookla showed that there can be some significant variation in terms of average speeds that could make 5G less reliable than might have been the case otherwise. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that this can lead to speeds differing by a factor of ten.

For example, in some of the hottest 5G markets as of right now such as the UAE and South Korea, the top 10% of users can receive speeds as high as 1,266 Mb/s. However, if you look at the lower end of the spectrum, the bottom 10% of users have to make do with speeds of approximately 127 Mb/s or less.

What makes things even more worrisome is that the average speed of 5G has actually been going down since the network was first implemented. Speeds in Norway have decreased by an incredible 88 Mb/s, with a decline of 84 in Sweden, 69 in Australia, 38 in the UK and 35 in Saudi Arabia.

A few countries have still managed to increase median 5G speeds, however. Italy has seen its median 5G speeds go up by 11.28 Mb/s to reach 134.55. Qatar also saw an increase of around 15.5 Mb/s, and the US is the best performing country of all in terms of 5G.

Average 5G speeds in the US currently hover at around 138 Mb/s. That is not especially impressive, but the median speed has seen a massive 36 Mb/s increase over the years. That seems to suggest that the US is making excellent strides, while other countries are struggling to keep the momentum of 5G going for the long term.

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