A Global Digital Divide Network Cell Info Report
United States ranks 18th out of 33 countries
in the M2Catalyst Digital Divide Score
By merging two powerful global data sets, WorldPop and our Network Cell Info, M2Catalyst brings critical new insights into the global effort to bridge the Digital Divide. WorldPop provides the population density for every country down to grids smaller than 1 square kilometer. When overlaid by the hundreds of billions of network performance data points contributed by our Network Cell Info community, we’re able to identify underserved communities, i.e., those without access to mobile broadband (4G/5G) or even to any mobile signal whatsoever.
The abovementioned hundreds of billions of data points includes billions of bad signal readings, where mobile phone users have either no signal or such poor coverage that they likely can’t even make a phone call. M2Catalyst makes these bad signal readings available for free to the respective Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) upon their request.
Most mobile performance studies focus on network speed. At M2Catalyst, we take a broader and more comprehensive approach. Using our proprietary methodology, M2Catalyst provides a fresh look at the mobile market, determining where the world’s population does not have mobile broadband (4G/5G) access, right down to the small communities in every country.
644,000+ populated locations are further than 5km from the nearest detected 4G/5G Antenna Cell ID
Locations are equivalent to ~ 1 sq. km according to the WorldPop database.
See our methodology page for more details.
The top 3 MNOs in this market (T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon) all make continued investments in both bridging the digital divide and advancing the quality of connectivity through the addition of the all-important 5G services.
77% of mobile broadband cells are 4G, but with 5G growth rates 5 times that of 4G, the ratio is set to change rapidly.
Mapping the 5G network by using the data from the Network Cell Info community of users shows the current locations of 5G Cell Identifiers per operator.
5G coverage footprints by MNO based on Q1 - 2022 data.
Cellular networks continue to evolve. Accordingly, we will provide quarterly updates to this report, which you can obtain by subscribing (for free) at the bottom of this page.
For a deeper dive into the data (the opportunity for each operator to reduce the digital divide, which frequencies are deployed, and how the mobile network operators compare), we invite you to download the free Network Cell Info detailed report by clicking the button below.
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Need to understand local and regional network conditions for network design and optimization purposes? Contact us about how to access the full power of Crowd SiteIntel, and gain access to attributes including location based RSRP, RSRQ, SNR, CQI, Throughput, Latency, and Jitter, among many others. The Network Cell Info Cell ID Maps enable filtering by Band/Frequency, Range, PCI, and eNodeB with coverage footprints for each Cell ID.