5G in Italy: Opensignal crowns TIM and WindTre, but there is glory for everyone

There is glory for all four Italian operators in the first Italian Opensignal report on 5G. If in yesterday’s final balance relating to mobile networks as a whole, it was Vodafone that stood out almost undisputed, different verdicts emerge from what takes into consideration the 5G infrastructure. The overall winners are WindTre , which trumps 5G availability and coverage, and TIM , which separates the competition – and not even slightly – in terms of download and upload speed.

In the three Opensignal elaborations on videos, games and communications with voice apps there emerges a substantial parity between TIM, Vodafone and Iliad , which “lacks” equal merit only in the games index. To produce its first 5G bulletin in Italy, Opensignal observed the four operators in the 90 days between July 1st and 28 last September.


On availability of the 5G signal, as anticipated, to do good and bad weather is WindTre : the operator’s customers remained connected in 5G for the 22, 3% of the time against 5.8% of Vodafone users, the first of the “others”. Opensignal explains the notable difference with WindTre’s choice to rely in this 5G start-up phase on Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) technology which allows to “combine” the spectrum of frequencies of 4G and 5G (1.8 + 2.6 + 3.7 GHz), while TIM, Vodafone and Iliad use the only 3.7 GHz band which offers higher speeds (and the difference will be seen in uploads and above all downloads) but also a lower speed coverage. The availability of the band at will be important to give a vigorous boost to coverage MHz (July 2022), which compared to the previous ones allows you to cover greater distances at the expense of network speed.


TIM largely redeems itself on the download speed : Opensignal has detected average speeds 5G downloads of more than 273 Mbps , almost 150 megabit per second more than the first pursuer, Vodafone with 99 Mbps. The performance of TIM is hardly surprising, because the operator had already distinguished himself in September in the 5G report that Opensignal compiled after observing ato the performance of operators around the world. The balance of power with respect to the coverage, however, was reversed, with WindTre ending up at the end of the group by virtue of just 64, 7 Mbps recorded in download.

Opensignal explains the results, as well as with the 3.7 GHz band it “covers “less but” goes “more, with the acquisition by TIM and Vodafone of 80 MHz of the spectrum at 3.7 GHz versus 20 MHz of the same band in possession by WindTre and Iliad: hence the differences in terms of speed , which are (and probably will remain) appreciably different between the first and the last two in the standings. Considering the upload, the balance of power remains almost unchanged, with TIM leading the line of operators and Iliad in the queue. However, it is surprising (in negative) to see such low average loading speeds in 5G: there is obviously still a lot to do.


Victory shared between TIM, Vodafone and Iliad in the 5G Video Experience by Opensignal, an indicator that gives a single numerical dimension to different factors that affect video playback such as loading times and resolution. WindTre and Iliad do not end up too far from the former, but the gap widens in the 5G Games Experience where TIM and Vodafone look from high with several percentage points more in the parameter that takes into account the factors that determine the gaming experience such as latency and jitter.

As regards the 5G Voice App Experience Opensignal to make the big voice is Iliad, who with 80 / points. However, minimal differences on the parameter that quantifies the 5G experience offered on apps that offer voice services, so WhatsApp, Skype and Facebook Messenger, just to give some examples.


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