Report: AT&T Delivers Nation's Fastest Mobile Broadband Network
November 23, 2010 7:44 AM
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20 percent faster than T-Mobile and 60 percent faster than Verizon
After investing almost $6 billion into wireless infrastructure upgrades and initiatives over the first three quarters of 2010,
AT&T is now claiming
the nation's fastest mobile broadband network as evidenced by a third-party national test.
The "scientifically valid national drive testing", conducted by
Global Wireless Solutions Inc.
(GWS), compiles wireless performance across 950,000 road miles, covering 400 U.S. markets that represent 88 percent of the country's population. Across this standard, GWS found AT&T to be the fastest mobile broadband network, 20 percent faster than T-Mobile and 60 percent faster than Verizon.
On average, a 45-minute (40 MB) album finished downloading a minute faster on AT&T's network than T-Mobile's, the next-fastest competitor, and two-and-a-half minutes faster than on Verizon's network.
“We’re very pleased with the nationwide results of GWS drive testing, which demonstrate that we’re delivering a superior mobile broadband experience on a nationwide basis,” said AT&T CTO John Donovan. “Our top priority for the weeks and months to come is to continue our focus on network enhancements and improvements to ensure continued access to fast mobile broadband speeds and reliable voice service.”
This latest claim from AT&T comes on the heels of amped up marketing of high-speed networks from two competitors. Verizon
began airing commercials
promising 4G LTE by December 2010, while T-Mobile took
a more direct route
by specifically mocking AT&T in its ads that boast "America's largest 4G network." AT&T
has a history of taking issue
with such claims, particularly by T-Mobile. And it is no stranger to
ad wars with Verizon
. The latest developments by all three carriers are certainly just the tip of the iceberg in what is sure to be a knock-down, drag-out brawl.
The GWS test also found that 98.59 percent of voice calls on AT&T's network were completed without interruption, meaning the second-best dropped call average (behind Verizon by only one-tenth of a percentage point) in the nation.
AT&T plans to invest a total of $18 to $19 billion in its wireless network in 2010 (signifying a substantial investment in Q4) to enhance speed and coverage through additional cell sites and deployment of HSPA 7.2 and HSPA+ technology.
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RE: They'll never do this, but...
11/23/2010 8:45:30 AM
My edge performance has allowed me to load many webpages faster than people on Verizon's 3G network in my area (just this past month AT&T upgraded us to 3G and I smoke all of my verizon friends on my WP7 Focus). Granted, I was on iPhone 3G and they were on Droid 1, but still my edge was faster.
Just because something says 3G doesn't indicate it will truly be faster, it is just 3G tech. There are still bottlenecks, bandwidth issues, etc...
I remember when I first got my cable modem and speed tests put it slower than 56K. The Cable company had way over sold it and they didn't have enough bandwidth for the area.
RE: They'll never do this, but...
11/23/2010 8:55:42 AM
I'll grant that the situation may be different in other locations, but in the state where I live, Verizon's 3G* is fast enough to watch Youtube and stream audio, even in some remote campgrounds in the middle of nowhere. In contrast, you'd wait half a minute or more to load DailyTech on AT&T's EDGE network that covers (?) most of the small towns and less of the remote areas in the state.
* Yes, I realize it's different technology, can't do calls and data simultaneously, blah, blah, blah. It still beats the living **** out of EDGE.
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