AT&T Cows Faster Than Verizon Cows at Super Bowl
crunches some wireless network performance numbers from the recent Super Bowl courtesy of Nexgen Wireless. The report notes that AT&T's LTE network generally outperformed both Verizon and Sprint's in terms of overall speed with an average throughput of 5.31 Mbps (compared to 2.08 for Verizon and 1.15 Mbps for Sprint), though AT&T suffered the lowest call completion rate.
Granted the Super Bowl is generally anything but normal network conditions -- with carriers heavily supplementing their network performance with numerous COWs
(cell on wheels) and COLTs (Cells On Light Trucks). The report notes AT&T deliver 624GB of data at the game, while Verizon delivered 1.9 TB -- certainly explaining some of the speed differences. T-Mobile was excluded because their "file structure wasn't compatible" with the software being used. Update
: Verizon sent us this additional statement on the study:
I read your story about data speeds and wanted to add more thing missing in the study, AWS spectrum. 47% of all of our data traffic within the stadium was on AWS....
...the big flaw was use of a device (Galaxy S3) that does not take advantage of our newly deployed AWS spectrum, which has increased 4G LTE data capacity by 300 percent in the NY market, including MetLife Stadium. Fully 2/3 of our capacity was on the AWS spectrum and 47 percent of our data flowed on that spectrum, which is designed to increase capacity. Now, we know LTE is about more than just speed, but here’s what we found about speeds at MetLife
.our sample testing showed our network providing an average of 29.9 MB on downloads and 11.5 on uploads.