Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint, who did Super Bowl best?

T-Mobile is at it again, dissing rival carriers' speeds that could be achieved by the Super Bowl attendants on Sunday. It posted the above chart, courtesy of Ookla's Speedtest, which shows it clearly ahead in the game, so to speak. 

Verizon, however, boasted in its turn that 57% of the attending have been its subscribers, and in and around the stadium the record breaking 18.8 TB of data were used on Sunday. Verizon scoffed at T-Mobile's "fastest network" claims, as its VP of network support Mike Haberman suggested that the small sample size means the results aren’t trustworthy:

Needless to say, T-Mobile replied that it hasn't messed with the numbers, but Verizon had its own testing to showcase, that of the P3 engineering team that Big Red employed to conduct real-life testing with four iPhone 8s, hooked up to the big four US carrier networks. The folks from P3 did 350 test points in and around the stadium, and had Verizon beating AT&T with average speeds of 61 Mbps vs 56.9 Mbps, while T-Mobile came in third place with 40 Mbps on average. 

More than half of the phones on the stadium had to be served by Verizon, which could explain the difference in speeds with T-Mobile's crowdsourced measurements. Moreover, an independent analysis by research firm Tutela, which plugs into third-party speed test apps, also corroborates Verizon's story, putting it at the top of average speeds in and around the stadium.

Sprint also chimed in, but instead of average speeds, it listed data usage peaks, and a breakdown of the ways people consumed the 9.7 TB of data it logged on its network during the Super Bowl. Long story short, a lot of posts, pictures and videos were uploaded, played, or shared during the Super Bowl on all carriers, the networks survived the data onslaught, but consumption was way, way up on all, compared even to last year's event, let alone a few years back. Sign of the times.

source: T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, Tutela



5. SpencerO

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

So what I'm hearing is Verizon is suffering from customer bloat and can't give the customer data as quickly because there are too many people paying them (more than they should) for a service that doesn't match the bloat? TMobile does great for me and if that's because they have less customers I don't care. I just enjoy the improved speed. :-P

6. applesnapple93

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

all those speeds are faster than most at home broadband internet. There isn't going be a noticeable difference between 121mbps. 60, 56 mbps download speeds unless you are downloading a massive file. Those speeds are all sufficient for HD video streaming and are all overkill for the bitrate most apps will stream at. Upload is where you look at, most people at these events are uploading videos, pictures, streams, etc. not downloading. People fail to realize that at these events you are uploading videos and uploading data to stream. Where once again, 19mbps vs 28mbps isn't going to make much of a difference in the usability. 9mbps is still sufficient. Sprint's 1.6mbps is where you'll have issues. Latency is also a factor.

16. gamehead unregistered

Tmobile is that good?

17. 9690austin

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Yes, they are that good. I get speeds of over 200mbs on them. Tmobile is great.

18. mveras1972

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 10, 2018

This can be there were more T-Mobile customers at the stadium than the other carriers. Doesn't necessarily mean their network had more capacity.

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