A woman walks by posters adverting smartphones at a mobile phone shop in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The environmental group Greenpeace issued a report on Tuesday giving technology titans like Samsung Electronics, Amazon and Huawei low marks for their environmental impact. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

CAPE TOWN - OpenSignal,  A company based in London that measures mobile network performance has released its State of LTE report for November 2017.

The report focuses on the performance of the global LTE/4G market in 77 countries by analysing 3 816 934 devices between 1st July 2017 and 1st October 2017. 

What is 4G LTE?

4G is the next network generation replacing 3G, offering faster internet speed for users who stream media, browse the Internet and download information. OpenSignal notes that while the speed of LTE/4G has not really improved, a number of people having access to these technologies have changed. 

"No country has yet cracked 50 Mbps.Though individual operators have broken the 50-Mbps barrier for average 4G download speeds, we're still waiting for the first country to consistently provide LTE connections greater than 50 Mbps", said the report. 

The country with the greatest access to LTE/4G tech is South Korea where availability clocks in at 96.69%. Meanwhile, South Africa measures in at 68.89% of users that have access to LTE.

“4G signals are consistently accessible more often and in more places now than six months ago,” said the research body. The fastest download speeds measured were in Singapore and South Korea with download speeds of 46.64Mbps and 45.85Mbps respectively.

At an average of 19.89Mbps, South Africa’s LTE speeds are not only the fastest in Africa. SA has also surpassed the global average of 16.6Mbps.