So yes, AT&T’s community was getting better, and is slightly faster as a whole now than its rivals. Nevertheless, as the announcement of AT&T would suggest, it is not anywhere near as dramatic of an increase, and , once numbers start to normalize again, things will continue to seem moving forward. And no amount of 5G E marketing hype will have the ability to change that.
Compare that with the graph AT&T released last week, however, calculating weekly speeds during Q1 2019. For most of the quarter, matters are neck and neck, but the rates of AT&T take up. Why was AT&T’s network? Since Ookla explains, no.
Last week, AT&T proudly crowned itself as”the nation’s fastest wireless network,” buoyed by speed evaluations from Ookla and its misleadingly named 5G E — i.e., LTE — community. But there is just 1 problem: as Ookla has taken the opportunity to point out in a blog article , AT&T’s claim is not nearly as resounding of a victory as the firm has declared.
Instead, the company notes that”In the final week of Q1, we also observed an increase in faster tests taken on AT&T’s network. Upon analysis, we found that this connected with the launch of iOS 12.2 and the roll from AT&T’s 5G E icon.” And as Ookla advised The Verge past week, the increased number of speed tests came especially following the launch of iOS 12.2 (which included AT&T’s 5G E star ) and especially from iPhone XR, XS Max, XS, X, 8, and 8 Plus devices (the mobiles that currently display 5G E support on AT&T).
To put it differently, iPhone clients on AT&T obtained the update, saw the new icon, did speed tests to see what sort of rates they had been getting, which added a whole group of new, faster speed evaluation data that dissipates AT&T’s amounts for the last week of Q1. And, being Ookla notes, because 70 percent of AT&T’s customers are iPhone consumers — compared to 49% on T-Mobile and 62% on Verizon — which bump from iOS users attempting to work out whether 5G E was really faster than the LTE they had the day before (spoiler: it is not) was even more important.
Now, it is a fact that AT&T failed to have the fastest overall mean broadband speeds that are mobile .
It is part of an upward tendency for AT&T, that has spent the last year with radically slower rates than rivals T-Mobile and Verizon, for a very simple reason: the business was far slower to adopt the more recent LTE technology (things like MIMO — multiple antennas arrays — and carrier aggregation) compared to its rivals were. As the network of AT&T caught up, so did its relative speed tests, to the stage where things are neck and neck, as seen in the graph of Ookla.