After two weeks of testing comparing the CPUC speed test app CalSPEED with the FCC speed test app and a private speed test app, Ookla, we are finding that CalSPEED consistently measures lower speeds and higher latency. We believe this is more reflective of user's real world experience and a better measure of how the providers, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon, operate their networks. The stakes are high in this experiment because telecommunications companies are touting mobile wireless as the broadband wave of the future, but how reliable is mobile wireless and is it a true substitute for a fixed wireline broadband connection?
Friday, February 21, 2014
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Does the CPUC's CalSPEED provide a more real world experience for mobile broadband users than speed tests conducted by Ookla, a private company, or the FCC? We are conducting an experiment comparing the three tests to find out. What is the added value that CalSPEED brings to mobile testing? We feel our testing product is more accurate than the others and what evidence do we have for that? Our test measures a higher latency for mobile providers. The higher latency is important because it questions the readiness of mobile wireless broadband for the transition to ip and for providing VOIP. If latency measurements are shown to be low it means mobile wireless is ready. If latency measurements are shown to be high, it means mobile wireless is not ready to provide reliable broadband services.