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Mobile data has outpaced Wi-Fi in 33 countries, according to a study.
OpenSignal, a company that surveys the efficiency of mobile networks, claims that mobile data speed is faster than Wi-Fi speed in 41% of 80 countries. Some of these countries are Australia and Qatar, with mobile data speeds that are faster than Wi-Fi by 13 and 11.8 Mbps, respectively.
OpenSignal explained that Wi-Fi is readily available in any location, which can result in network overcrowding and lags. On the other hand, mobile data is more secure, so users do not have to worry too much about lags.
Ian Fogg, the author of the study, said that there is a common misconception that mobile data is second-rate. Its negative reputation started in 2008 when mobile data had limited capacity and was slower and more expensive than Wi-Fi.
Presently, mobile data performance has improved because of the rise of smartphones and the development of 4G, a wireless mobile service that is 10 times faster than its predecessor. Mobile data is even expected to improve further with the development of 5G, which will be even faster than 4G.
Despite the improvement of mobile data, many countries still rely on speedy Wi-Fi connections. In fact, the majority of the countries in OpenSignal’s study have faster Wi-Fi than mobile data speeds. These countries include Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States.
Nonetheless, OpenSignal’s study highlights that because of the progress it has made over the years, mobile data is now almost on an equal footing with Wi-Fi.