AT was recently crowned the fastest network in the US, thanks to Ookla speed test results from Q1 2019 (even if that victory may not be quite as impressive as it sounds).Now, the company is celebrating that achievement with a literal victory lap in the form of a new browser game called AT Data Drive.The game — playable at www.fastestnetworkgame.com because subtlety is dead — is an 8-bit-styled car game that seems modeled off of Spy Hunter, minus all of the actual fun parts of the original, like the weapons or gadgets.Instead, players are placed into an AT car and tasked with completing the course as quickly as possible while dodging obstacles like potholes, water spills, and, of course, slower cars in oddly convenient red, yellow, and magenta color schemes.AT Data Drive is also far more simplistic than Spy Hunter, limiting players to just left and right movements, instead of the more strategic options of accelerating or braking, which make dodging cars far more difficult.To really succeed at AT Data Drive, you’ll need to “drive over the 5G Evolution speed boost blue arrows,” which will give your car a temporary rocket boost forward.
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Back in February, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg told the audience at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event that he was “super excited” to bring the Galaxy S10 5G to market, even though he wasn’t making specific promises as to how fast the phone would perform on Verizon’s 5G network.Now we have a better idea: Vestberg told attendees at a J.P. Morgan investment conference today that the company hit “1.5 Gigabits per second on the phone this morning,” the highest mobile 5G data rate yet offered by the company, even if it requires some qualification.Initial Ookla Speedtest results and reports from Chicago suggest that Verizon is tightly curating a tour of a handful of 5G cell sites for reviewers, notably including a testing site directly outside of Motorola’s offices, and other locations immediately next to the company’s 5G hardware.Photographs posted on Twitter are showing download speeds in the 1Gbps range, sometimes higher, sometimes lower, though all are within areas hand-picked by the carrier to demonstrate the phone’s capabilities.The issue, of course, is that Verizon’s actual 5G coverage is at best threadbare.Currently, the company is promising 5G service in only small parts of two major cities, and once the phones are removed from those areas, they drop from 5G speeds down to 4G — a loss of 10 to 20 times the peak speeds.
As we continue to wade through the early days of 5G, there are a lot of issues to contend with.There aren’t a lot of 5G-ready devices, and some of the handsets that are available like the Galaxy S10 5G are ridiculously expensive.But the biggest problem with 5G, by far, is trying to figure out where has 5G coverage.Thankfully, the folks over at Ookla, makers of the handy Speedtest app, have just recently rolled out an interactive map aimed at tracking new 5G networks and deployments across the globe.See all 303 5G deployments provided by 20 operators in 294 locations across the globe.This should be a handy resource for helping people decide when it’s right to finally make the upgrade to 5G because if there’s no coverage in your area, there really isn’t a point.
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Internet testing company Ookla has criticised AT’s boasts about its controversial ‘5G-E’ network.5G-E is AT’s rebranding of its LTE-Advanced network and has been criticised for being misleading.Last week, AT issued a press release claiming its 5G-E network delivered the “fastest wireless network in the nation”.AT cited speed test results from Ookla to back up its claim, but Ookla claims the results don't necessarily paint the full picture.The operator's network did come out top with an average download speed of 34.65 Mbps in Q1 2019, while Verizon (33.07 Mbps) and Sprint (31.21 Mbps) fell just behind.However, AT only recently hit the top spot after being in third place in the previous quarter.
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.
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AT and Verizon had big 5G-related announcements this week: AT published speed test results that seemingly validated its “5G E” LTE network as the fastest around, and Verizon launched its 5G network in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis.AT’s results appear to be skewed in the company’s favor, and Verizon’s rollout seems slapdash, with poor coverage even in the areas that Verizon promised.These are just the latest headaches for 5G, which has been marred by delayed rollouts, limited hardware tests, conflicting standards, political wrangling, and more.With telecom companies rushing to be first, odds are the mess of 5G will only get worse as the rollouts continue.Take AT The company seemingly scored a win this week by announcing that recent Ookla speed tests had found its 5G E network (which, again, is LTE, not 5G) to be the fastest in the US, buoying the company’s message that the 5G E brand would help cement AT’s reputation ahead of its actual 5G launch later this year.In other words, AT’s network looks faster since it had more high-speed devices running speed tests to factor into its average than competitors.
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India’s mobile market has risen dramatically over the last few years and it doesn’t look like the growth will subside anytime soon.A recent report by Canalys pointed out that smartphone shipments in India were up by ten percent in 2018 and crossed a total of 137 million units, despite the slump in smartphone sales globally.There’s a considerable population still unconnected that is becoming first-time smartphone buyers, contributing a large percentage of shipments.Airtel was the first carrier in India to offer 4G services all the way back in 2012, but India’s telecom sector saw a major disruption in 2016 when Reliance Industries, one of the biggest business conglomerates in India, launched Jio.Jio disrupted the prevailing market pricing, and the competition followed suit, and after an incredible 90% fall over last five years, India now has the cheapest 4G data costs anywhere in the world.Across 15 largest cities of India, Jio ranked first with 98.8% 4G availability followed by Airtel at 90.0% and Vodafone and Idea with 84.6% and 82.8% respectively.
T-Mobile likes to talk a lot about how fast its network is compared to the competition.So with Google planning to announce the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL tomorrow in NYC, the Uncarrier wanted to take a second and remind everyone that the unlocked models of both flagships will work perfectly on the T-Mobile network.The main point introduced in T-Mobile’s press release involves new data from Ookla (seen below) showing that the outgoing Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL’s LTE speeds are faster on its network than on Verizon.For those who rely on 4G data throughout the day, this can be a major selling point and reason to use either phone on T-Mobile.But by releasing this statement, T-Mobile has confirmed that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will not be made available directly from the carrier.And while T-Mobile most likely doesn’t know for sure that Verizon will be selling the phone, if neither handset will be sold through the Uncarrier, chances are Google will be partnering with Verizon for the third year in a row.
Telenor Norway registered an average download speed of 72 Mbps in Q2 2018 according to measurement service Ookla.In a blog post Ookla, which has Telenor as an enterprise client, was able to shed some light on how such speeds are achieved.There doesn’t seem to be anything too surprising; carrier aggregation , 256QAM, 4×4 MIMO and all that jazz all add up to a nice lot of bandwidth.On top of that it seems to have largely shifted voice traffic over to LTE, which presumably frees up more spectrum to widen the 4G pipe.As a consequence Ookla has Norway in second place in its global wireless speed rankings, although its average speed of 57 Mbps indicates the other Norwegian operators are way behind Telenor and need to introduce some QAM and MIMO into their diets.Qatar is the clear number one and UAE is third, indicating the Gulf has been investing heavily on infrastructure, while Singapore and Iceland are in the top five for both mobile and fixed speed.
The U.S. wireless market quality, reliability, speed and customer satisfaction are better and stronger than ever according to three studies by J.D.Twenty-years ago there were dozens of smaller wireless carriers.So, choosing the best carrier for you would be a real chore.And that’s still true today.That means in your home, your office, where you shop, go to school and generally spend time every day.Only you can put each carrier through the paces to find the best one for you.
RootMetrics, which released its latest rankings Thursday, has once again crowned Verizon the overall winner.But last week, Ookla, which offers a speed test app people can use to test network speeds, said T-Mobile had the fastest network.Over the past couple of years, the four major wireless carriers have fallen over each other to offer promotions and steal one another's customers.And the marketing departments at these carriers are eager to use results from independent firms' reports to make their case.But the report notes that all four carriers showed significant improvements across the board during the first half of 2018.For example, T-Mobile still performs very well in metro markets and offers some of the fastest download speeds in several cities.
Just recently Samsung released a short ad that mocked the iPhone X’s slower download speeds, at least compared to the Galaxy S9.That ad based its boast on Ookla’s recent “Speedtest Intelligence” report.Now that same report is being used by Qualcomm to also flaunt its latest Snapdragon 845 with its latest X20 LTE modem.But while it specifically mentions Intel LTE modems as the target of its campaign, it is also making a slight jab at its latest new enemy: Apple.Ookla is best known for its Speedtest utility whose accuracy and veracity has been debated time and again.Some will even point out how unscientific the testing method is, considering it’s all user-initiated.
T-Mobile USA should stop claiming that it has "America's Best Unlimited Network," the advertising industry's self-regulator said today.T-Mobile defended itself by arguing that speed outweighs all other factors—apparently including overall coverage and reliability.T-Mobile says speed outweighs all other factorsT-Mobile's claim is based on data from Ookla and OpenSignal, which offer speed-testing apps that let consumers test their wireless data speeds.Both Ookla and OpenSignal have issued reports saying that T-Mobile's speeds were higher than Verizon's, AT's, and Sprint's.The OpenSignal tests also gave T-Mobile an edge over rivals in latency and 4G signal availability.
Last year, Samsung showed how, over a decade, an iPhone user was really longing for a Galaxy phone in the spot, ‘Growing Up.’ Now, Samsung is building upon the success of that campaign with a new spot, ‘Moving On,’ that again attacks its rival by showing what it sees as superior features, including speed.Gearing up for the summer travel season, Samsung asks travelers if their phone is ready for their various trips.In the instance of the woman in the ad, her iPhone presents numerous problems.From her boarding pass failing to load at the security checkpoint to being unable to watch content on the plane, her slow phone lets her down time and time again.Ultimately, she moves on to a Galaxy phone to rid herself of the letdown from her iPhone.Based on new data from mobile data analyst Ookla, others may be inspired to do the same.
There are a few things to consider when buying a smartphone — you’ll want to think about a phone’s design, camera, performance, and so on.But what about how quickly phones can upload and download files?If speedy internet access is important to you, a new study has been released detailing the fastest phones out there — and it turns out that Samsung is the winner.The study comes from Ookla, the company behind speedtest.net, and highlights that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus significantly outperform other smartphones when it comes to downloading and streaming content.According to the study, the phones are up to 42 percent faster — which is no small feat.The speeds are largely thanks to the CAT 18 LTE modem built into the phones, which are able to deliver download speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps, though that obviously depends on network speeds.
It’s common knowledge that the 4G speeds in India aren’t up to their potential but broadband speeds are apparently doing very well.According to Ookla’s Speedtest Global Index, India ranks 67th globally as of February, which is 9 spots higher than last year.The average download speed of a fixed broadband connection has increased from 18.82Mbps in November to up to an average of 20.72Mbps currently.Ookla, in their statement, said, “India had reported most improvement in fixed broadband download speeds among the world's most populous countries.The country captured the second slot in terms of showing the most improvement in mobile data speeds.” The company’s Speedtest Global Index compares the Internet speed data from around the world on a monthly basis across 7,021 servers, of which, 439 serves are located in India.This goes to show that though, India may not be at the forefront of breaking technological barriers, it’s still headed in the right direction.
The Ookla one, besides more broadly testing your internet speeds, gives you a few neat extras, like cellular coverage maps.For streaming video at any kind of quality, -67 dBm is recommended, though for less data-intensive tasks such as emailing, -70 dBm is fine.It’s really when the Wi-Fi Analyzer meter starts to drop into the left-hand edge of the yellow section or the grey section that you need to worry about the signal being too weak.If you’ve never come across the concept of channels before, they’re essentially frequencies at which wireless signals are broadcast by your router.Modern-day routers and hardware can usually operate on the same channel without any problems, and will often automatically cross several channels to provide for faster speeds, but in some circumstances switching channels can make a difference, especially if you live in close proximity to your neighbours (and their Wi-Fi).The options available to you will depend on the router you’ve got installed at home.
In an attempt to determine how Australia’s broadband performs on a global and domestic scale, Ookla, the company behind one of the most popular online speed tests, collected data from 16.3 million fixed-line broadband speed tests and 436,174 mobile speed tests conducted by 3.6 million Aussies in the second and third quarter of 2017.After crunching out the numbers, Ookla has revealed that Australia’s mobile broadband is a better performer than fixed-line internet, with the former clocking up average download speeds of 44.2Mbps – an improvement of 21.2% from the same period in 2016.Fixed-line broadband, however, was nearly half that speed, lagging behind with an average of 24.1Mbps for downloads.Upload speeds were 14.32Mbps for mobile compared to just 8.48Mbps for fixed line.According to Ookla’s report, Australia ranks 5th globally in terms of mean download speeds, squeezing in ahead of Singapore, but just getting beaten by the UAE.For mobile broadband, Telstra was the best performer, clocking up a speed score – an Ookla metric that combines both download and upload speeds – of 42.28Mbps, with Adelaide coming out on top with the highest speed score for a carrier (Telstra) in a city.
The big four cellphone carriers are in a never ending game of cat and mouse over who has the best network.With all of the different claims surrounding speed, reliability, and coverage, it can get confusing as to what is and isn't true in these ads.The National Advertising Division is a telecom watchdog group aimed at resolving conflicts and keeping carriers honest in these situations.They have recently warned T-Mobile not to advertise that they have the country's fastest LTE network, but T-Mobile says they will continue to make the claim and have new data to back it up.Verizon originally filed a complaint with the NAD since they believed the 3rd party data that T-Mobile used was skewed.According to Verizon, the Ookla and OpenSignal data were more likely to sample T-Mobile unlimited customers and therefore could not be used to backup the claim.
T-Mobile came under fire last week from telecoms watchdog the National Advertising Division (NAD) for claiming it had the country’s fastest LTE network.T-Mobile had made the assertion in its advertising campaigns based on data from crowd-sourced network statistics groups Ookla and OpenSignal, which verified T-Mobile’s position at the top.However, Verizon cried foul, reasoning that the time from which the data had been sampled had unfairly put the results in T-Mobile’s favor.These samples reportedly arrived from the month following Verizon’s introduction of its Unlimited Data plan, and Verizon suggested that its users would have been less familiar with the data throttling which is placed on those who exceed the fair use restrictions of such plans.Therefore, this may have resulted in more throttled users on Verizon’s network conducting speed tests than throttled users on T-Mobile’s network during that period.This notion was upheld, and NAD recommended that T-Mobile cease using such advertising messages — something which T-Mobile initially agreed to.
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