For the first time, 5G will be widely available during an NHL season, and research shows the network is improving the mobile experience for those attending a game.
A recent survey by Opensignal examined the 5G mobile experience of Canadians and Americans attending NHL games in 32-team arenas.
“Unlike previous seasons, 5G is now becoming commonplace in both Canada and the US and will play a key role in supporting the growing demand for data in sports venues,” the analysis states.
The results show that users in US arenas saw higher 5G download speeds of 159.7 Mbps, compared to the 132.1 Mbps reported by Canadian users.
However, the survey found that Canadian users experienced a better overall experience with video streaming, multiplayer mobile gaming, and over-the-top voice services.
Regardless, users with access to 5G had a “significantly better” experience than those who didn’t.
The study also found that download speeds differed per provider. Rogers had the lowest score at 94.3 Mbps and Bell and Telus had higher scores at 168.8 Mbps and 184.7 Mbps.
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