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4G faster than Wi-Fi in many countries

As we move further into the 21st century, it appears that mobile data is the dark horse of internet connection. While commonly thought of as much slower than WiFi, studies have found that in many countries, mobile data is in fact the faster and better connected of the two. So should iPhones still be automatically connecting to the nearest known Wi-Fi network, or does that hinder rather than help its user?

The countries studied weren’t all developing nations which have leapfrogged the dial-up and Wi-Fi eras and landed right in the middle of fast data connection, either. Open Signal, who conducted the study, found that in countries like Australia, Lebanon and Greece, 4G was 10 to 13 Mpbs faster than the average Wi-Fi hotspot.

This could be very good news for the communications infrastructure worldwide. Indeed, it is easier to deploy cells than lay a cable, and with faster 4G, this will be the obvious choice for both business and personal connections.

As the study states, Wi-fi no longer has a guaranteed advantage over mobile data. And with the upcoming advent of 5G, data connection will be even faster still.

The response to the study has been mixed – many said that the reason they use Wi-Fi connection is because their data allowance is limited, rather than because they see it as slower. Users are leaning towards demanding unlimited data per month for a better price, rather than switching between data and Wi-Fi.

In the light of this recent study, having unlimited data per month as the norm would be much more efficient, especially in business mobile communications. To read more about 5G, go here.

Posted on 28 November 2018