Thursday, July 17, 2014

It is not all Good News for T-Mobile in the Fifth Round

Latency in milliseconds by Provider and Census Area
Here are the T-Mobile phone's average Latency numbers for the Fifth Round of Testing. Latency is measured in milliseconds and it measures delay. 200 milliseconds is considered the acceptable threshold for conversation and internet connectivity. As we see in the chart, T-Mobile has a real problem with their latency in rural areas and the locations included in this chart are in their coverage area.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

T-Mobile Muscles Out AT&T for Downstream Speed

The analysis of our Fifth Round  of Testing has begun. Because of T-Mobile's smaller coverage footprint and improved Netbook performance, they were able to nose AT&T out of second place in terms of average downstream speed in Mbps. This chart tracks mean downstream performance by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon over Five Rounds.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Video Winner: A Day in the Life

The winner of mobile tester video contest, is tester Steven Crews with his classic portrayal of the mobile testing life.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Big Improvements in the Fifth Round of Testing

Among the big improvers regarding increasing locations with served speeds out of 1,200 are the AT&T phone, the Sprint phone, and the T-Mobile Netbook. As the chart shows, improvements were made by all providers on all devices. We just completed our Fifth Round of testing. The Fourth Round of testing was completed last fall. We are seeing steady improvement in mobile coverage throughout the state.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

97 Percent of Locations Tested

We are finishing our Fifth Round of testing 1,990 points up and down the state and what have we found? While the first four rounds showed ever expanding mobile broadband coverage and speed, in this round the mobile broadband providers, T-Mobile, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, both netbook and phone, appear to be holding steady in coverage and speed with the previous Round 4, which was conducted last fall. T-Mobile's phone, like round 4, continues to have a latency problem which distinguishes it from all the other providers' netbooks and phones.

Monday, May 19, 2014

WIth 85 percent of Locations complete, Testers Focus on the Bay Area

Those red dots are the 15 percent of points, out of 1,990 points statewide, that have yet to be tested. As you can see, a big chunk of them are in the Bay Area. So Bay Area residents, if you happen to see one of testers working hard on the side of the road, give them a honk salute. Our mobile testers are in the trenches fighting to close that stubborn digital divide.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Giant Fly in Visalia

Tester Tom Allread spotted a giant fly in Visalia, but how fast was the broadband? The Verizon phone was really fast, AT&T was fast enough while T-Mobile and Sprint were pretty slow.