Last week, AT proudly crowned itself as “the nation’s fastest wireless network,” buoyed by speed tests from Ookla and its misleadingly named 5G E — i.e., LTE — network.
But there’s just one problem: as Ookla has taken the time to point out in a blog post, AT’s claim isn’t nearly as resounding of a victory as the company has declared.
Now, it is true that AT did have the fastest overall mean mobile broadband speeds in America in Q1 2019.
But taken as a whole for the quarter, AT’s average download speed was 34.65 Mbps — only marginally better than T-Mobile’s 34.11 Mbps average speeds, or Verizon’s 33.07 Mbps.
It’s part of an upward trend for AT, which has spent the last year with dramatically slower speeds than competitors T-Mobile and Verizon, for a very simple reason: the company was far slower to adopt the newer LTE technologies (things like MIMO — multiple antennas arrays — and carrier aggregation) than its competitors were.
Compare that with the chart AT released last week, though, charting weekly speeds throughout Q1 2019.