au wins the P3 Mobile Benchmark Japan

Overall, top results for all operators with highest score for au followed by NTT docomo on second and SoftBank on third place

au wins the P3 Mobile Benchmark Japan (PresseBox) ( Aachen/ Tokyo, )
P3, the industry leader in mobile benchmarking, has announced the results of the first Mobile Benchmark for Japan evaluating the three mobile networks au, NTT docomo and SoftBank with regards to mobile coverage, speeds and network reliability. Applying the P3 methodology, which is today the acknowledged de-facto industry standard in more than 120 countries, P3 conducted a crowd-based analysis. All operators show excellent performance with scores above 900 points.

The results show:

- au achieves the highest score with 942 points
- NTT docomo ranks second with 939 points, SoftBank is third with 926 points
- au rates highest in Coverage for Voice, Coverage for 4G and Data Service Availability
- NTT docomo scores highest in User Download Speed and User Upload Speed
- au and SoftBank achieve the highest score with 139 points each in Coverage for Data

The analysis is based on 3.7 billion samples collected from 374 thousand users overall in 99.3 percent of the urban built-up area and in 95.7 percent of the non-urban built-up area throughout Japan. The data was collected in a consecutive 6-month period from December 2018 to May 2019.

With a score of 942 out of a maximum of 1,000 points, au is ahead of competition in the crowdsourcing based Quality Assessment. NTT docomo ranks second and achieves an overall score of 939 points. SoftBank follows in third place with an overall score of 926 points.

au is ahead of the competition in Coverage for 4G and Coverage for Voice and in Data Service Availability.

In terms of Coverage for Voice, au achieves the highest score with 98 points followed by SoftBank with 94 points and NTT docomo with 93 points. In terms of Data Coverage, au and SoftBank achieve the highest score with 139 points each compared to NTT docomo with 137 points. In the 4G Coverage discipline, au ranks highest with a score of 244 points, followed by SoftBank with 241 points and by NTT docomo with 240 points.

NTT docomo shows the highest score for User Download Speed with 135 points, au is second with 133 points and SoftBank follows third with 125 points. In User Upload Speed ranks NTT docomo also highest with a score of 45 points, SoftBank follows in second place with 36 points, while au ranks third with 28 points. In Data Service Availability, au achieves a score of 300 points, followed by NTT docomo and SoftBank with 290 points each.

”The great results of the three Japanese operators are remarkable. They reflect the high and widely distributed mobile network performance over the country of Japan”, says Hakan Ekmen, CEO of P3 Telecommunication.

The unique crowdsourcing technology allows P3 to collect data about real-world customer experience in a truly passive way. For the collection of crowd data, P3 has integrated a background diagnosis processes into 900+ diverse Android apps. If one of these applications is installed on the end-user’s phone and the user agrees, anonymous data collection takes place 24/7, 365 days a year on this device. Reports are generated for every 15 Minutes and daily sent to P3’s cloud servers. P3’s crowd-sourcing data set is the most realistic, since it is the most diverse that is currently available in the market - in terms of locations, geography, times, devices, subscriptions, networks, technologies and smartphone usage patterns.

About the P3 Mobile Benchmark Japan
The independent methodology of P3 is acknowledged as the de-facto industry standard assuring a fair, transparent and neutral evaluation of the networks under test. P3 conducts mobile network benchmarks, audits and reviews in more than 120 countries worldwide. They serve as a unique measure for management and supervisory boards to compare their networks with others, and for customers to make better decisions for their subscriptions.
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