Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Our Testers Go To the End of the Earth


Stories from the desert

Odd Thing On The Way to a Testing Location...

From Steve Crews:
"Just up the road from location 2022 was the strangest thing I've come across so far this round, the Rice Shoe Tree, which apparently used to be a real tree that people did this to, until it was burned down by vandals:

Friday, October 10, 2014

Change! Data Card Testing --> Tablet Testing next Spring

Mobile field testing is staying current by transitioning from netbooks/data cards to tablets. The change will happen next Spring (2015), when we retire the trusty netbooks.

Other changes being considered are adding trace route to the field test software and CalSPEED in order to gather more data on backhaul networks.

Finally, we have re-started development for CalSPEED on the iPhone!

More on this later...

Round 6 Testing 25% Complete

We finished our second full week of Round 6 mobile field testing today. We are 1/4 of the way there. We did discover a problem wth UDP tests failing consistently on T-Mobile phones upgraded to Android 4.4. We tried rolling back to an earlier version of Android, but the phones don't allow us to do that. We are exploring a fix through our developers at CSU Monterey Bay and will be contacting T-Mobile as well.

photo by Steven Crews

CalSPEED update

We've been digging into analysis of the CalSPEED results, and to date, we've had over 6,000 tests performed. After removing tests not performed in California, we identified over 4,400 tests -- 44% of which were done on Verizon Wireless devices, 20% on Sprint, 16% on AT&T, and 15% on T-Mobile. The top devices used for testing were:

Samsung Galaxy S4 - 44% of tests
Samsung Galaxy S3 - 11%
Galaxy Tab 7.7 - 4%
Epic 4G - 3%

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Big Thank You to Our ARRA-funded broadband staff

Today, September 30, is the last day for our ARRA-funded staff here at the broadband group at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). We want to thank Christian, Mike, Stella, Bill, Russell, and Melanie for their excellent work in mobile field test analysis, GIS, administrative, and IT support. Their efforts helped us exceed our grant objectives. We will miss you, and we hope to be able to work with you in the very near future.

Despite the change in staff, the CPUC will be continuing mobile field testing and GIS activities as before, albeit with increased support from CSU Chico's Geographic Information Center. Round 6 testing, which began this week, will continue as planned for the next 5-6 weeks.

Friday, September 26, 2014

6th Round Testing Begins Today

Round 6 mobile testing begins today in Northern California. The rest of the testers will begin on Monday. In case you missed the recent comments we filed with the FCC regarding mobile broadband, you may download them from the California Broadband Council's web site at:

The analysis in the appendix derives from two papers by Ken Biba, CTO and co-founder of Novarum.