AT&T Gets Top Spot in PCWorld’s 3G Speed Test

by Gaurav Kheterpal on February 24, 2010

AT&T - Speed Thrills?

AT&T - Speed Thrills?

To say that I’m shocked, would be an under statement. AT&T – a carrier who has been publicly blasted by iPhone users for its poor 3G network performance; has just pulled the rabbit out of the hat and won the coveted PC World 3G Wireless Speed Test.

AT&T managed to beat Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon by a comfortable distance on the ‘Average Download Speed’ and ‘Average Upload Speed’ parameters. As far as ‘Average Reliability’ is concerned, it is a close call with AT&T sharing the honors with Sprint while T-Mobile and Verizon sharing the second spot.

It is interesting to note that AT&T was placed at the bottom of the table in PC World’s 3G Performance tests last spring. It’s a remarkable turnaround to say the least. There’s no doubt that AT&T has been spending a lot of money on improving its 3G infrastructure – erecting new towers, souping up its cell sites and adopting a high performance wireless spectrum. If the PC World Test figures are to be believed, the results of AT&T investments are now beginning to show. If AT&T 3G speed figures are compared with its own performance last spring, it’s a massive improvement of 84%.

With iPad slated to arrive on AT&T 3G network this year, these results will do a world of good to boost the tarnished image of AT&T 3G network. I’ve come across many AT&T iPhone users who’ve openly expressed their skepticism on how well the Apple iPad will do on AT&T 3G network.

I’ve no doubt that PC World tests follow the best industry standards and the results have been published in all fairness. However, I still have my doubts on whether the AT&T 3G network will be good enough for the iPad.


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