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The idea that the U.S. is falling behind other nations, especially in the science and technology categories, isn’t new. But if you want more detailed information, there’s a new graph to illustrate exactly how far behind we are in LTE speeds.
Open Signal recently released a report that shows the U.S. is now in 58th place worldwide for LTE speeds. For the report, the company averaged different carriers and locations to answer different questions. According to the report, New Zealand is the best (when it comes to LTE and Lord of the Rings scenery), with 36Mbps on average, and Singapore is second with 33Mbps -- both well within the range of broadband-quality speeds. The U.S. straggles along at an average of 10Mbps.
Looking at the graph, it's clear that the dots representing carriers with faster LTE speeds are much higher than the U.S. dots. Some of the (few) dots below the U.S. represent Iran, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia.
Something to keep in mind is that the ten countries with better LTE coverage than the U.S., excluding Japan, are smaller than California. Two of them, Hong Kong and Singapore, are cities. But in that same train of thought, China has faster LTE and just as much LTE coverage.
Before we all despair, when considering LTE coverage things get a little brighter. The U.S. sits at number 10 in that ranking, with about 85 to 65 percent of the population using LTE.