I took my time reviewing the Root Metrics report regarding mobile wireless data services in Seattle, WA. because I wanted to understand what the point was they were trying to make. As an aside, I try my best to focus on the key piece(s) of information being presented in the LTE/SON marketplace so that’s why I don’t simply repost hastily… Anyway, Root Metrics has an app/client for iPhone-iOS, Android and Blackberry called CoverageMap that resides in the device/UE and collects service related metrics during operation, much like Carrier IQ except more deliberate (I think) action via the end user, not passive tracking via the carrier… Right now they are advertising this as a crowd sourced informational look at carrier performance, whose results are available at www.rootmetrics.com Now the surprise, Verizon LTE outperformed HSPA, WiMAX and yes, even HSPA+ in their testing, but note I don’t see Clearwire for WiMAX unfortunately. (Seattle is their backyard after all.) Ok not really a surprise but I surprised you by mentioning it was a surprise.
All in all a pretty interesting use of crowdsourcing, and pretty well laid out findings.
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