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Network issues, who's at fault... Not At&t!
Welcome to Las Vegas
Your 3G experience stops here (if you use AT&T, that is)
Each and every year the (Consumer Electronics Show) swoops down on the Las Vegas area. The largest convention of the year in Las Vegas brings upwards of 120,000 people from all over the world to sin city, and with it comes traffic of all sorts, including on our cell phone networks.
THE PERFECT STORM TO KILL A DATA NETWORK
The very first time I experienced a dropped call was when my iPhone failed to connect during the 2009 CES last year.
Flash forward a year and bring millions of more advanced devices onto the network that do more and more data intensive duties (upload photos, videos, as well as even make the odd phone call) and you congest the network.
IT'S THE NETWORK
GSM + CES= DISASTER
With so many devices on the network, it's no question whether or not it will feel stress. The question up until today has been how much this would impact full AT&T subscribers who will share the data road will untold thousands of new users.
Below are several screenshots of the network today (01/07/10 the first day of CES) brought to you by speedtest.net iPhone app.
Before running these tests I restarted my phone to ensure a blank slate. I then immediately put the phone into airplane mode and then disabled 3g turn the phone mode back on and tested in edge. I did the same thing for 3g testing.
I tested outdoors at 3667 las Vegas blvd s. Across the street from brand new buildings with brand new cell towers in them. Literally on the middle of the strip
On edge the tests top out around 3kbit/second which is laughable
These numbers tell the tale.
I wish that I could have had better numbers. I tested this three times in a row.
SERVER SETTINGS ETC:
WHAT ELSE TO SAY?
What can he said? AT&T has issues. Las Vegas is always a problem but special events such as this showcase the failure on a magnitude that should never have to occur.
For the record, friends running unlocked iphones with tmobile service are getting edge speeds as fast as my 3g speeds.
But let's let AT&T simply keep up thier rule. Eventually the iPhone will land on verizon wireless and we will see if that network can handle the extra stress that millions of data hogs can bring