Compare that with all the chart AT&T published last week, however, charting weekly rates during Q1 2019. Matters are still neck and neck, but in the final week, AT&T’s speeds shoot up. Was AT&T’s network radically faster than the competition? As Ookla explains, no.
Last week, AT&T proudly crowned itself as”the nation’s fastest wireless community,” buoyed by speed tests from Ookla and its own misleadingly called 5G E — i.e., LTE — community. But there is just 1 problem: as Ookla has taken the opportunity to point out at a blog article , AT&T’s claim isn’t quite as resounding of a victory as the company has announced.
It is a part of an upward trend for AT&T, which has spent the previous year with dramatically slower speeds than competitors T-Mobile and Verizon, for a very simple reason: that the business was far slower to embrace the newer LTE technology (items like MIMO — several antennas arrays — and carrier aggregation) compared to its rivals were. As the network of AT&T caught up, so did its speed evaluations, to the point where things are now once again neck and neck, as noticed in the graph of Ookla.
So yes, is slightly faster as a complete now, and AT&T’s community has been getting better. But as the announcement of AT&T would imply, it is not as dramatic of a rise, and , once numbers start to normalize again, things will continue to seem a bit closer moving. And no amount of 5G E marketing hype will be able to change that.
Instead, the company notes that”At the final week of Q1, we observed an increase in quicker evaluations taken on AT&T’s network. Upon investigation, we discovered that this correlated with the release of iOS 12.2 and the roll out of AT&T’s 5G E icon.”
In other words, iPhone clients on AT&T obtained the upgrade, saw the icon, did speed tests to see what kind of rates they had been getting, which added a whole group of new, faster speed evaluation data that juiced AT&T’s numbers for the last week of Q1. And, being Ookla notes, since 70% of AT&T’s customers are iPhone consumers — compared to 49% on T-Mobile and 62 percent on Verizon — that bulge from iOS users attempting to work out if 5G E was actually faster than the LTE they had the day before (spoiler: it’s not) was even more significant.
Now, it is a fact that AT&T failed to have the quickest overall mean broadband speeds that are cellular .