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Press Release -- May 30th, 2023
Source: cellsmart

Europe’s Cellular Networks Emerge as Viable Alternatives to Broadband and LEO Satellites with Peak Download Speeds of 1.1 Gbps, according to CELLSMART

5G download speeds of nearly 1Gbps were found in four out of the top five cities tested including Oslo, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Bilbao and Munich with Vienna just under 1 Gbps.

Cannes, France, 30 May 2023 – CELLSMART, the cellular intelligence division of SmartCIC, has launched the results of its latest cellular performance testing, which show that European cellular networks have emerged as a viable alternative to broadband and Low Orbit Satellites (LEO) when connecting the last mile. Test results show Norway leading Europe with maximum 5G download speeds indoors of 1.12 Gbps. Spain had the top results for maximum 5G download speeds outdoors with 1.11 Gbps.

CELLSMART notes that cellular networks across Europe are delivering speeds that equal or exceed what is available on broadband or LEO satellites. Tests run by CELLSMART show that 5G upload and download speeds in both metro and remote areas are offering the flexibility of cellular combined with enterprise-grade network performance. This is ideal for supporting fixed wireless access (FWA) use cases across Europe.

Oslo, Norway is the leading city for 5G download speeds in Europe with 1.12 Gbps. Cerdanyola del Vallès and Bilbao in Spain take second and third spots with speeds of 1.11 Gbps and 1.07 Gbps respectively. Germany’s Munich (1.03 Gbps) ranked fourth and Austria’s Vienna (921.1) in fifth. As a result, FWA is proven to be helping enterprise and service providers to be more agile and able to monetise investments in SDWAN overlay services.


  1. Spain – 1114.00
  2. Germany – 1035.00
  3. Austria – 921.10
  4. France – 803.96
  5. Norway – 789.00


  1. Norway – 1124.00
  2. Spain – 1075.00
  3. Germany – 929.10
  4. France – 898.00
  5. Great Britain – 602.00

“Europe is ready for fixed wireless access. Our test results show that 5G is beginning to mature into a justifiable investment that is ready to serve as an alternative to wired broadband and LEO’s in multiple countries throughout Europe. With performance rates that rival those of broadband and LEO, cellular should be considered when connecting enterprise locations. It’s a viable option,” said Toby Forman, CEO at SmartCIC. “It’s crucial to remember that these figures aren’t estimates or taken from a lab. They are real, on-the-ground 5G performance levels, straight from the field.”

Telemoval in Portugal continues to top the rankings with 545.38 Mbps average download speeds maintaining its download position since the CELLSMART Global Cellular Performance Survey in Q1 2023. It has a 131% greater average speed than 10th placed Orange FR NRNSA in Germany, showing how variable performance levels can be. Spain’s Webbing ranks second for download speeds with an average of 472.20 Mbps.

The test results show the leading average upload speeds are heavily saturated by Spain with Webbing, Finetworks and Orange France taking the top three spots with speeds of 113.25, 84.58 and 65.08 respectively.


Telemovel                                            Portugal                               545.38

Webbing                                              Spain                                     472.2

Orange FR NRNSA                            France                                   380.05

Telia                                                       Norway                                 52.086

Yettel                                                     Serbia                                    51.732

“CELLSMART’s data is providing cellular intelligence that we use to advise our clients and help them to make informed decisions about local connectivity options across a global footprint. We’re helping our partners to capture the billion-dollar opportunity in fixed wireless access,” said Forman. “We will be launching hyper-local testing initiatives across Spain and France in the near future. The results from these tests will give service providers and enterprises granular insights into the availability of high-performance cellular networking. We’re driving the future of fixed wireless access.”

The latest test results in Europe collected data from 13,170 network speed tests conducted in 29 countries and 12,781 unique locations between 6th April 2023 and 14th April 2023. The survey provides a snapshot of actual performance across cellular technologies across the globe. CELLSMART uses the data it collects in its planning, network selection and service development and monitoring for fixed wireless enterprise customers.


CELLSMART is powered by SmartCIC and has been designed to enable enterprise customers to rapidly roll out cellular solutions and benefit from new intelligence-driven deployments. It provides the end-to-end planning, network selection, routing and backhaul solutions, equipment deployment, management, monitoring and support for enterprise fixed wireless networks.

CELLSMART’s solutions are built using leading technology partners and supported by over 25,000 engineers in 200 countries around the world.

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