Opensignal, as it always does has released its latest report and this time, it measured the state of mobile video experiences around the globe. The report basically analyzes the consumer experience when viewing video content on their mobile devices and gives each country a respective score based on things such as picture quality, video loading time and stall rate to create a score on a scale of 0-100.
You would think that Malaysia wouldn’t fair so badly when it comes to this, given all the promotion done by the various telcos in the country about how they have the best and fastest 4G LTE network and what not, but it turns out that we rank 11th in the Asia Pacific region and 5th in the ASEAN region. That being said though, credit where credit is due; Malaysia actually did better than last year, increasing its score by 7.3 points to reach 54.4, which just short of the 55 point barrier when the country ranking would be upgraded to Good Quality.
If you’re wondering how our neighbouring countries did, Singapore leads the pack with a score of 74.00, earning them a spot in the “Very Good” category, Myanmar scored 62.70 (Good), Vietnam isn’t far behind with a score of 61.40 (Good) and Laos surprises us all with a score of 60.50 (Good). In terms of neighbours who scored below Malaysia, you’ve got Indonesia 51.30 (Fair), Thailand 50.30 (Fair), Cambodia 44.10 (Fair), and the Philippines 42.70 (Fair).
The general theme of the 2019 report from Opensignal indicates an improved mobile Video Experience, with 59% of the 100 countries analyzed doing better than they did last year.
All this is cool and all but the most interesting finding for me in this report is the fact that South Korea is ranked first when it comes to download speeds but 21st when it comes to video. This stark contrast, if anything, is an indicator that the arrival of 5G just simply isn’t going to solve all our network and connectivity issues overnight. Millions of South Koreans enjoy a 5G network but as it turns out, still have to put up with 4G video quality.
5G will blow our minds, no doubt. But it will take time. The additon of new 5G spectrum capacities over time will definitely help us unleash its full potential, but until then, a reality check is well overdue.
If you’re wondering who came in at first place, here’s the list of the top 10 countries.
- Norway (78.5)
- Czech Republic (77.2)
- Austria (76.7)
- Denmark (76.0)
- Hungary (75.9)
- Netherlands (75.5)
- Switzerland (74.7)
- Slovakia (74.6)
- Sweden (74.5)
- Finland (74.4)