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Speedtest has now become the most trustworthy and popular means to measure internet performance. Speedtest is helping customers to test and check their connection speeds at any time from any device. Speedtest is genuine as they are always based on actual internet speeds which millions of population in the world experience.
Various reports revealed that at the end of June, the average download speed for fixed broadband was 54.97 Mbps (Megabits per second), a 42% increase from the same time last year. Average upload speed for fixed broadband was 18.88 Mbps, a year-to-year increase of 51%. All the major carriers – Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint are believed to have made remarkable investments in their networks. Over the past one year, Sprint has made its way by increasing their download speeds by 57% followed by AT&T which has shown an increase of 45%. T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless had made a moderate increase of 26% and 18% respectively.
Mobile internet speed has also considerably increased but mobile is markedly slower and the percentage increases from last year were smaller. Average mobile download speed was 19.61 Mbps, a 33% increase over last year. Average upload speed was 7.94 Mbps, a 7.4% increase. Speedtest also ranked internet service providers in terms of their download and upload speeds. However, care must be taken when considering how Speedtest calculated speed.
The fixed broadband consumers saw average download speeds that were greater than 50Mbps for the first ever time in 2016 that topped out at 54.97Mbps in June. This tremendous milestone is believed to be a 42% increase in the download speed year-over-year. This was the scenario in the first half of 2016. In the second half of 2016, broadband topped 10% download performance that showed an increase from 99.03Mbps to 117.91 Mbps.The largest contribution was made by XFINITY and Cox Communications. They are believed to have an average download speed of 132.08 Mbps and 162.14 Mbps respectively
Contrary to everyone expected, Speedtest compared service providers they based their measurements on the top 10% of each provider’s recorded speeds. In other words, 90% of subscribers should expect speeds that are slower than the speeds reported by Speedtest.
The following is what Speedtest found for fixed broadband service:
Comcast XFINITY had the highest download speed at 125.53 Mbps. Unlike the other service providers, Verizon provides symmetric upload/download links and their Fios upload speed of 93.64 Mbps was more than the upload speeds of the other five companies combined.
For mobile, Speedtest only measured speed on devices that are capable of connecting to LTE networks. Here’s what they found. Verizon Fios, AT&T and U-Verse and also Century Link all remained below 100 Mbps download. Despite this low speed for download, Verizon Fios still continues to dominate and cover up all the other top providers ending at 97.71 Mbps. Spectrum is a newly emerged provider of Charter, TWC and Bright House. They have proved to have an extremely high potential to greatly impact consumer speeds across the nation due to some promising pre-merger trends from TWC and Bright House. TWC along with Bright House’s improvement has helped Spectrum show an initial top download speed of 131.97 Mbps. TWC has improved download speed from 34.54 Mbps to 152.70 Mbps. Bright House has increased their speed to 152.16 Mbps which roughly shows a gain of 21.02 Mbps.
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile are in a dead heat for fastest download speed at 21.11 Mbps and 21.02 Mbsps respectively. T-Mobile’s 11.59 Mbps is more than 40% faster than the other three major service providers which will be of interest to people who are sharing photos on social media from their cell phones.
A slightly different picture emerged when Speedtest looked at download speeds on LTE networks.
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