Mobile Networks Update: Italy (October 2017)

It's been six months since OpenSignal published its last Italy report, making it time for our semi-annual update on the southern European nation. In our Mobile Networks Update for Italy, we've tracked the changes we've seen in our 3G and 4G measurements since May.

  • Vodafone held onto its commanding lead in 4G availability, and even managed to improve its LTE signal reach. Our Vodafone users were able to latch onto an LTE signal 79.9% of the time in the three-month test period ending Sept. 30, compared to 78.2% of the time six months earlier.
  • 4G speeds in Italy maintained their high performance levels. Three operators in Italy had LTE download speeds better than 22 Mbps, according to our tests. Vodafone was still the operator to beat in this metric though, winning our LTE speed award with an average download of 32.3 Mbps.
  • Wind and 3 Italia may have completed their merger nearly a year ago, but the combined company is still maintaining separate services under the Wind and Tre brands. In the last six months, we've recorded improvements in 4G availability for both operators, but 4G speeds for both have declined.

Report Facts

949,854,694
Measurements
85,081
Test Devices
2017-07-01 - 2017-09-30
Sample Period
Italy
Report Location

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Performance by Metric

Download Speed: 4G

This metric shows the average download speed for each operator on LTE connections as measured by OpenSignal users.

Download Speed: 3G

This metric shows the average download speed for each operator on 3G connections as measured by OpenSignal users.

Download Speed: Overall

This metric shows the average download speed experienced by OpenSignal users across all of an operator's 3G and 4G networks. Overall speed doesn't just factor in 3G and LTE speeds, but also the availability of each network technology. Operators with lower LTE availability tend to have lower overall speeds because their customers spend more time connected to slower 3G networks.

Latency: 4G

This metric shows the average latency for each operator on LTE connections as measured by OpenSignal users. Latency, measured in milliseconds, is the delay data experiences as it makes a round trip through the network. A lower score in this metric is a sign of a more responsive network.

Latency: 3G

This metric shows the average latency for each operator on 3G connections as measured by OpenSignal users. Latency, measured in milliseconds, is the delay data experiences as it makes a round trip through the network. A lower score in this metric is a sign of a more responsive network.

Availability: 4G

This metric shows the proportion of time OpenSignal users have an LTE connection available to them on each operator’s network. It's a measure of how often users can access a 4G network rather than a measure of geographic or population coverage.

Our Methodology

OpenSignal measures the real-world experience of consumers on mobile networks as they go about their daily lives. We collect 3 billion individual measurements every day from tens of millions of smartphones worldwide.

Our measurements are collected at all hours of the day, every day of the year, under conditions of normal usage, including inside buildings and outdoors, in cities and the countryside, and everywhere in between. By analyzing on-device measurements recorded in the places where subscribers actually live, work and travel, we report on mobile network service the way users truly experience it.

For this particular report, 949,854,694 datapoints were collected from 85,081 users during the period: 2017-07-01 - 2017-09-30.

We continually adapt our methodology to best represent the changing experience of consumers on mobile networks and, therefore, comparisons of the results to past reports should be considered indicative only. For more information on how we collect and analyze our data, see our methodology page.

For every metric we've calculated statistical confidence intervals and plotted them on all of the graphs. When confidence intervals overlap for a certain metric, our measured results are too close to declare a winner in a particular category. In those cases, we show a statistical draw. For this reason, some metrics have multiple operator winners.

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