Sydney 4G test reportOctober 16, 2012
Fairfax Media Deputy Technology Editor, Ben Grubb, has today published an interactive graphic of the results of a recent connectivity test around Sydney.
The graphic, designed with Francisca Sallato, displays statistics of the test results which used multiple smartphone and ISPs to access the Internet, in a variety of locations across Sydney.
The volume of data which was downloaded and uploaded within a fixed time, was measured on the Telstra, Optus and Vodafone mobile networks. Vodafone 3G results were noticeably slower, as the company is yet to launch its’ 4G network. The tests were conducted with the speedtest.net app on three different iPhone 5s.
As the iPhone 5 was released (with such interest that airfreight charges increased), the major Australian networks are all rushing to provide coverage.
As in so many commercial situations, the brand in second position in the marketplace, is trying hard to deliver a superior service. Optus has approximately 40% fewer subscribers than Telstra, but in this Sydney metro test at least, has an apparently greater coverage area and higher connectivity rates.
With a speed reputed to exceed 3G fourfold, 4G has been the preferred option for data hungry road-warriors.
Optus, which has 4G available in each of the 13 suburbs tested, has released a mobile 4G WiFi modem, enabling early adopters to achieve the same rapid upload and download rates on their laptops which they experience on their iPhone 5s!
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