Video streaming over mobile networks has exploded over the years and is poised for a 7x increase by the year 2023. Between catching up on your favorite shows or checking out the latest cat videos on YouTube, the average US adult watches 72 minutes of streaming video per day. Forty-four percent of this happens on a mobile device and 15% of Americans get all of their video content from streaming services alone.
For this reason, the speed and reliability of your mobile network is quite important. Recently, Global Wireless Solutions pitted the top four networks; AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon against each other in a video streaming test. This test involved using Samsung Galaxy mobile devices, traveling approximately 400,000 miles covering all 50 states including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and conducting nearly half a million video tests in 2017.
The four categories used by GWS while testing included reliability of the stream, how quickly the video loads, instances of freezing, and overall video quality. When all was said and done, AT&T ranked number one in three out of four of these categories only losing to T-Mobile by 0.2 seconds in how quickly it takes for the video stream to load. Coming in second was Verizon with T-Mobile a close third and Sprint coming in last place with 8.5% of videos failing and freezing 2% of the time.