AT&T quietly bumps EDGE network speed

AT&T quietly bumps EDGE network speed

Summary: Users of AT&T's much maligned Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) data network are reporting faster download speeds beginning late Thursday. The company is believed to be tweaking network speeds in anticipation of today's iPhone launch.

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Users of AT&T's much maligned Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) data network are reporting faster download speeds beginning late Thursday. The company is believed to be tweaking network speeds in anticipation of today's iPhone launch.

Engadget has found download speeds peaking past 200 kilobits per second (kbps) on the newly enhanced EDGE network. Normally download speeds hover around 170 kbps as opposed to EVDO which can peak as high as 700 kbps.

You can test your mobile download speeds by visiting DSLReports.com/mspeed on your mobile device.

I did three tests this morning on my Treo 700p running on the Verizon EVDO network and was able to achieve an average download speed of 325 kbps. For my tests I downloaded the 200k file.

Try the "mspeed" test on your mobile device's browser and post your three test averages in the TalkBack section below. Try the 200k file (to be consistent) and don't forget to mention what device you're using and what network you're on.

Topics: AT&T, Networking

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  • Speed Tests

    Jason,
    You have to be careful with those speed tests.If you are connecting via isp.cingular APN, the tests would be legit. If you connect through wap.cingular APN they would not. Through wap, the speed results are from the test server to the AT&T server. Not to the phone.

    JRMac
    JRMac
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    reidl77@...
  • EvDO speeds

    EvDO speeds depend on a number of factors: Receive signal strength, number of concurrent users on the cellsite, cellsite backhaul,soft-handoff sector switching, and finally the chipset. (older chipsets would not go over 1Mbps).

    With Rev A (only available on aircards for now), You should see between 500kbps - 800kbps on uploads and the same or better for downloads.

    EDGE is at the end of its life and no matter how they tweak it, they will not get 3G speeds. iPhone users will want to find a WiFi hotspot to get the best experience on their phone.
    otaddy
  • EVDO Rev-A is MUCH faster than 700 kbps

    If you are ONLY testing EVDO speeds from a cell phone, I'd agree with that statement since only Rev-0 phones are out right now.

    But to imply that 700kbps is all someone can get out of EVDO is simply not telling the whole story.

    Check out these actual speed test reports from members of http://www.EVDOforums.com

    http://EVDOMaps.com/Fastest+Downloads

    [b]2000kbs downloads are a regular occurrence when using a dedicated EVDO Rev-A data device on a Rev-A network.[/b]

    EDGE isn't anywhere near the real-life speeds experienced on EVDO networks.
    EVDOinfo
    • Apples and oranges...

      I know this article was about EDGE, but the comparisons being made are between apples and orages. EvDO is a 3G application, where EDGE is only 2.5G. I completely concur with the speeds everyone's getting on the EDGE network and it's unbelievable to think they wouldn't have put 3G on the iPhone being that I consistently get 3000kbps while I'm on a 3G network with Cingular.

      EDGE will never be anywhere near the speeds of EvDO as it's not even the same technology class. However, 3G on Cingular is at least as fast if not faster as EvDO.
      flyingaggie
      • The author mentions EvDO

        I agree EDGE and EvDO are not in the same league. But the author mentions both in his article.

        If his reports are true, why did AT&T engineers wait so long before optimizing their network?
        otaddy
  • Bell Mobility

    Bell Mobility, Canada, EVDO network

    kbps latency
    169 2.007
    307 0.616
    261 0.643

    So much for 700kbps.
    Kevin Dean
    • Left out a lot of details

      What device are you using Rev0 or RevA?
      What is the Rx Signal Strength?
      Are those average or peak data rates?
      What websites are you using for testing? Wide swings in latency are not unheard of even on wired networks.

      So much for your complaint.
      otaddy
  • Cingular 8525, 3G & EDGE

    Just noticed the other day we are getting 3G in Santa Clarita, CA. Note these times are with ZERO bars of signal!

    Kb/s Latency
    811 0.329
    744 0.412
    716 0.418

    For comparison, the same phone when connected via EDGE:

    Kb/s Latency
    249 0.711
    198 1.184
    207 0.681
    guineau@...
  • Edge Speed Test in Houston

    I got 84 kbps on a HTC Touch running WM6.
    mcdoken
  • AT&T Reno Nevada 3G Speed Test

    SAMSUNG BLACKJACK II
    AT&T Network

    Tested with 1MB file.

    First Test: 721 kbit/sec
    Second Test: 748 kbit/sec
    Third Test: 514 kbit/sec
    Metadromos
  • RE: AT&T quietly bumping EDGE network speed

    Hi, I could not test Black berry using "mspeed". is there any method to do the test for BB? tks.
    /Appi/
    Appu1960