So yes, is slightly faster as a whole now than its rivals, and the community of AT&T has been getting better. Nevertheless, as the announcement of AT&T would suggest, it’s not nearly as dramatic of an increase, and once numbers start to normalize again, things will continue to look somewhat closer moving. And no amount of 5G E marketing hype will be able to change this.
It’s a part of an upward tendency for AT&T, which has spent the last year with radically slower rates than rivals T-Mobile and Verizon, for a very simple reason: that the company was far slower to adopt the newer LTE technologies (items like MIMO — several antennas arrays — and carrier aggregation) compared to its rivals were. Since AT&T’s network caught up, so did its comparative speed tests, to the stage where things are now once again neck and throat, as noticed in Ookla’s graph.
Instead, the company notes that”At the final week of Q1, we observed an increase in faster evaluations taken on AT&T’s network. Upon investigation, we found that this connected with the launch of iOS 12.2 along with the roll from AT&T’s 5G E icon.”
In other words, iPhone clients on AT&T obtained the upgrade, watched the new icon, did speed tests to find out what kind of speeds they had been getting, and that added a whole bunch of new, quicker speed test data that dissipates AT&T’s numbers for the last week of Q1. And, being Ookla notes, since 70% of AT&T’s customers are iPhone users — compared to 49 percent on T-Mobile and 62 percent on Verizon — that bulge from iOS users trying to figure out if 5G E was really quicker than the LTE they had the day before (spoiler: it is not) was even more important.
Last week, AT&T proudly crowned itself as”the nation’s fastest wireless community,” buoyed by rate evaluations from Ookla and its own misleadingly named 5G E — i.e., LTE — network. But there is only one problem: since Ookla has taken the time to point out in a blog article , AT&T’s claim isn’t nearly as resounding of a victory as the firm has declared.
Compare that with the graph AT&T published last week, though, charting weekly rates throughout Q1 2019. Things are still neck and neck, but AT&T’s speeds shoot up. Was AT&T’s network dramatically faster than the competition? As Ookla explains, no.
Now, it is a fact that AT&T failed to have the quickest overall mean broadband speeds that are mobile in America in Q1 2019.