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Australia’s 5G download speed is slower than the country’s current 4G network, according to UK mobile analytics firm OpenSignal.

Analysis of device-based data from eight countries concluded that Australia was the only country where overall 5G speeds were not dramatically higher than currently available peak download speeds on 4G networks.

The US had the fastest speeds, with users experiencing peak 5G download speeds of 1.8 Gbps, followed by Switzerland, with 5G peak speeds of 1.14 Gbps.

Of the countries measured, however, Australia is the only one where the maximum speed experienced by 4G users was so fast, close to the theoretical best performance of 4G, that the maximum 5G speed was actually slightly slower.

OpenSignal said that, while this result highlights Australia’s impressive 4G, it doesn’t do much to instill hope about its 5G prospects.

The report said speeds will increase as more 5G services launch, using more spectrum and wider channels.

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