Yangon 4G speeds top Tokyo, Hong Kong: report

Yangon smartphone users. Photo: Flickr / Remko Tanis

Yangon’s 4G upload and download speeds are the fourth-fastest in East Asia, according to a report released last week by the telecommunications insights group OpenSignal.

The report covered 12 major cities in the region and measured upload and download speeds over a three-month period. Just two years after the introduction of 4G service in Myanmar, Yangon averaged download speeds of over 27 Mbps and upload speeds of 11.4 Mbps.

Yangon was one of six cities measured to have download speeds above the global average of 16.9 Mbps. The other five were Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and Ho Chi Minh City.

While the top performances of Seoul and Singapore were expected, each with download rates above 45 Mbps, Yangon’s position above Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Bangkok was described in the report as surprising.

Below the global average were Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Bangkok, Phnom Penh, and Jakarta.

Last week’s OpenSignal report closely follows another one exclusively about Myanmar, released in May. That report compares the download speeds of Myanmar’s three major telecom operators – MPT, Ooredoo, and Telenor – and concludes in a draw between all three. However, MPT stood out for its upload speed.

The report credits the three providers with having accomplished a lot in just two years of 4G availability and commended them for bucking the regional trend of concentrating fast service in urban areas.

“Ultimately MPT, Ooredoo, and Telenor’s results were so close that the three were in a statistical draw for our 4G speed award,” the report said. “But if they continue to improve they all could soon pass the 30 Mbps threshold for LTE speed, putting them in an elite class of global 4G operators.”

It concluded: “Myanmar may have been late to the 4G party, but it’s more than made up for lost time.”

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