Unifi by Telekom Malaysia (TM), has tied for the top spot globally in average 5G download speeds in Group I markets, according to “5G Global Mobile Network Experience Awards 2023” report by Opensignal.
The report unveiled that Unifi and Sweden’s Telenor both achieved statistically tied scores of 407.4 and 421.7Mbps, setting the benchmark for 5G download speeds in Group I, encompassing operators from markets with a land area exceeding 200,000 square kilometers.
Digi also secured a notable fourth place in this category with an impressive score of 384.1Mbps.
The report attributed Unifi’s strong performance to the relatively light load on Malaysia’s single wholesale 5G network, Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB). Maxis, the most recent operator to join, launched 5G services in August, contributing to Unifi’s success.
Additionally, Digi not only earned a place among the global 5G leaders but also tied with Japan’s SoftBank for the top position in the 5G games experience category, scoring 89.7-90.2 points on a 100-point scale.
The games experience category evaluates the real-time multiplayer mobile gaming experience on a 5G network, considering factors such as latency, packet loss, and jitter.
In this category, Celcom was recognised as one of the global leaders, securing a score of 89.3 points. U Mobile and Indonesia’s Telkomsel closely followed with statistically tied scores of 87.6 and 88.3 points.
All these operators achieved the highest possible rating of “Excellent” (85 or above), indicating that the majority of users find their 5G network experience more than acceptable, with minimal delays, enabling seamless and immersive multiplayer gaming.
The Opensignal report also highlighted the significant impact of 5G in various markets, leading to substantial improvements in download speeds, video streaming quality, and the multiplayer gaming experience.
In markets with significant 5G adoption, the report found that 5G typically improved average download speeds by 3-6 times compared to 4G. Users also reported significant enhancements in their video streaming and multiplayer gaming experiences, underscoring the transformative power of 5G.