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Opensignal: Vodafone New Zealand bests other telcos in download speed; 2degrees recognised for consistent quality


Vodafone tops the Download Speed Experience and wins 5G experiential awards while New Zealand telecommunications provider 2degrees ranks first for Upload Speed Experience and recognised for its consistent quality, according to independent mobile analytics company Opensignal.

Opensignal reported the following key findings:

Vodafone wins the Download Speed Experience award outright
Vodafone users saw the fastest average overall speeds in New Zealand at 41.8Mbps. The operator leads a 5.2Mbps gap over second placer Spark, which recorded 36.7Mbps. 2degrees is further behind with a score of 33.9Mbps.

Opensignal also found Vodafone had the edge in terms of the average overall speeds seen by 5G users (Download Speed Experience – 5G Users), clocking up a score of 64.5Mbps, which was ahead of Spark’s 53.2Mbps. However, Vodafone and Spark are tied in terms of the download speeds seen by our users when they were connected to 5G with scores of 228.6-253.8Mbps.

2degrees comes top for Upload Speed Experience
2degrees users saw the fastest average overall upload speeds at 11.4Mbps. The operator edged out 1.7Mbps over second placer Vodafone which recorded 9.7Mbps. There was no statistically significant difference between the upload speeds seen by Spark and Vodafone users when connected to 5G, which were in the 18.8-19.5Mbps range.

Vodafone wins all three of our 5G experiential awards outright
Users say they had the best experience when streaming video, playing multiplayer mobile games, and using voice apps when connected to 5G on Vodafone’s network.
Vodafone wins the 5G Video, Games, and Voice App Experience awards.

2degrees takes home both awards for consistent quality
2degees wins the Excellent Consistent Quality and Core Consistent Quality awards. The operator scored 79.2% and led with 2.8 percentage points over second placer Spark.

2degrees’ Core Consistent Quality score of 90.2% beat Spark’s score of 86.5% by 3.6 percentage points. Opensignal’s consistent quality quantifies how users’ network experience fare against common application requirements.

Excellent Consistent Quality analyses the percentage of users' tests that met the minimum recommended thresholds for watching HD video, completing group video conference calls, and playing games. Core Consistent Quality uses thresholds for less demanding applications.

Spark users found 4G in the most locations
Spark wins the 4G Coverage Experience award with a score of 9.4 points on a 10-point scale. More than nine out of 10 locations visited by users had coverage on Spark’s network and were able to find 4G signal. Spark wins with a lead of 0.4 points over second-placed Vodafone.

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 5 May 2022.

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