A recent test was conducted to compare the performance and reliability of the 4 major US Mobile Networks. The results are interesting and I suggest that you take a look at the full report. I have a three quick reactions.
1. Verizon and T-Mobile are essentially tied with respect to LTE performance. I’m quite shocked by this and impressed at how T-Mobile has drastically improved its network speeds.
2. As an AT&T customer, I’m amazed at how poor the service has become. AT&T trails Verizon and T-Mobile in both LTE speed, LTE availability, and latency.
3. Probably most interesting from the report, “[I]n our nationwide tests, all four operators fell short of the global LTE download average of 17.4 Mbps.” US Carriers need to reinvest in infrastructure and drastically improve.
Early this month I was down in Florida attending the first Okeechobee music festival. In spite of this being the inaugural year of the festival, it was pleasantly well executed. The campgrounds we clean and easy to get to. The festival grounds were only a short distance away and the water refill stations were both easy to find and quick to access. Moreover, the lineup — headlined by Mumford and Sons and Kendrick Lamar — was phenomenal.
As with any first generation product, there is some room for improvement. Most importantly, the volunteers need a little more training and instruction. My buddy misplaced his wallet and each time we asked for the location of the lost and found we were directed [sometimes rudely] in contradicting directions. The festival organizers should also work to improve cell reception at the campsites. However, this is mostly nitpicking.
Overall, Okeechobee was a fantastic experience. I had an unforgettable time in Florida and look forward to year two.
Below is a playlist of all my coverage for Okeechobee: