Verizon tops video streaming quality tests, AT&T comes last : Now that we have covered the Verizon vs T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint state of 3G, 4G, and every other carrier network “G” in terms of coverage, download speeds, latency, uploads, stability, and so on, it’s time to get detailed breakdowns by types of usage.
Research and network testing firm OpenSignal does exactly that with its latest “Overall Video Experience: USA” report, covering the June-September 2018 period. In it, it measures the performance of carrier networks when it comes to streaming the all-important mobile video, from YouTube to Netflix, and everything that’s in-between these days.
The tests are done with the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) methodology for gauging video quality. The three main criteria are latency before the video stream begins, resolution, and amount of playback stutters or hiccups. Thus, average LTE download speeds don’t always correspond to the same place in the rankings when it comes to video quality.