Keeping Score: OpenSignal Ranks Network Speeds, Cisco Predicts Mobile Dominated Workforces

Mobile Industry News for the Week of February 6, 2017

OpenSignal’s bi-annual test results were released this week, with Verizon and T-Mobile taking the lead for fastest network speeds. The test also measured network availability and latency for both 4G and 3G. While the results showed only slight network differences between the carriers, we can expect the well-performing carriers to leverage the results for competitive gain. A recent Cisco report also predicts that mobile competition will continue into 2021, and that companies too will be measured by the advanced mobile services they offer their employees. The stories on our minds are below.

The fastest carrier — The results are in, and Verizon and T-Mobile are closely tied for fastest LTE speeds. The latest OpenSignal network test was conducted during the second half of 2016, according to RCR Wireless News. Both Verizon and T-Mobile came in at below 17 megabits per second for the test. AT&T came in third, with Sprint coming in last with significantly lower network speeds. Verizon also took the lead in overall “network availability,” which is an improvement from the previous OpenSignal Test that showed a decrease for Verizon in this area. Bear in mind that these results point to very minimal differences between these networks, often not more than one or two percent. Even so, these carriers are running a tight race against each other so that even the slightest lead can make a world of difference.

Enterprises will look to mobile — Cisco’s Mobile Visual Networking Index reports that more people will be using mobile devices than will have access to running water in the very near future. Cisco’s latest findings, cited in ComputerWeekly.com, predict that mobile data traffic will multiply by seven by 2021. Mobile data traffic will also make up 20% of all internet traffic by 2021. Industry experts believe that increased mobile capabilities for the workplace will drive this increased data traffic. Employees are already digitally savvy consumers — as they become even more comfortable with mobile services, they will expect to see the same in their workplace. As such, enterprises must abandon legacy systems and prioritize mobile as part of their digital transformation strategy.

What news stories are on your minds this week? We’d love to hear what stories you’re dialing into.