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What is a ping?

What is a ping?

How does internet ping work

Ping is a type of network packet that is used to check if a machine that you want to connect to over the internet is available or not. A ping is a network packet termed an Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) packet. The process of a ping is done when a machine sends an ICMP echo request packet to another machine or interface over the internet. If the receiving machine is available and is enabled to reply back, it will respond with an echo reply packet.

This not only shows us that the receiving machine is alive and working, it also helps us to identify a number of things such as total time taken, loss of packets, etc that are used to judge the reliability of the connection.  To run a ping from your Linux machine, you will need to open a terminal and write a command. The syntax of the command is “ping destination_ip” – replace “destination_ip” with the actual IP address of the machine you want to connect with.

All recent versions of Windows and Linux come enabled with the ICMP command. On Windows, the command will send 4 echo requests before stopping while Linux will continue sending echo requests until a user stops it themselves.

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Wi-Fi vs. Ethernet: Is Wired Connection better than Wi-Fi?

Is Wifi better than Ethernet ?

Wi-Fi vs. Ethernet: Which One Is Better?

This is a widely regarded question for most of us. While no one will debate on the fact that WiFi is any day more convenient than using an Ethernet cable, does this apply to every scenario ? You most certainly will not be connecting an Ethernet cable to your smartphone and you might prefer using WiFi when using a laptop for general purposes. What if you have a desktop PC or a laptop that’s never moved ? Let us go through some parameters to judge the better of the two.

Speed

WiFi as most would have experienced, has become pretty fast over the years with standards such as 802.11ac and 802.11n being able to give us speeds of 866.7 Mb/s and 150 Mb/s, respectively. That is pretty fast and meets most of our needs,especially when it comes to using the internet. What about the capability of an Ethernet cable? The maximum speed will vary based on the cable you are using, but most cables in common use give around 1 Gb/s speeds and it can go all the way to 10 Gb/s, if you have a Cat6 cable. Ethernet is faster, there’s no denying the fact.

However, this speed only comes in handy if you are transferring data between two computers that are physically attached by a cable. As we all know, the speeds by out internet providers are always slower than these speeds and will likely never hit the maximum limit. If you’re using multiple devices – such as a server where all your data is stored or for LAN gaming – you might want to consider switching to an Ethernet cable.

Connection Reliability

Its easy to see why WiFi is the less reliable of the two. A number of things can affect a wireless signal, from other wireless devices to physical objects and walls. This interference can cause dropped signals, higher latency and even lower speeds at times. While it doesn’t matter much when all you need to do is stream content over the internet but for any other purposes, Ethernet takes the prize.

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How To Increase Your Broadband Internet Speed with CMD

How To Increase Your Broadband Internet Speed with CMD

How to use command prompt to identify and solve problems in your Broadband internet connection

The command prompt. A forgotten and often under-estimated software of the Windows ecosystem. As a regular reader would know by now, the command prompt has a long lists of uses that tend to get ignored by the uninitiated. One aspect of these uses that we’ll see today is to test and improve one’s internet connection.

Using Ping

First thing to test, is your internet connection. We do this, by using Ping. Ping is a Windows program that comes pre-installed with the OS. It is a text based program and therefore needs text based commands to execute. It’s the software used to test the latency on your connection. For those who don’t know, latency is the time taken to establish a connection between your computer and the web server hosting the website you requested.

The first thing to do, is open the Start Menu and search for the command prompt. You can do this by typing “cmd” in the search box and hitting enter. Once you have the command prompt open, you can use Ping to test your connection. Enter the command ping google.com.

Once typed, hit Enter and wait for your command prompt to look like the image below. Do note, that the results are not displayed instantly, so you might have to wait a while for the results to pop up. 

Understanding the results

Sent – the number of packets sent to the address; default value of 4

Received – number of packets received from the web address; ideally same as the number of packets sent.

Lost – number of packets that did not return from the server back to you; ideally zero

Minimum – the minimum time it took for the packet you sent to return back to you (in milliseconds)

Maximum – the longest time it took a packet to make the round trip (in milliseconds)

Average – this is the average time the packets took and therefore, the lower the average, the better is your connection. An average time of 3 ms is considered very good.

What matters to us however, is an unusually higher time taken for the round trip or a large number of packet loss. If this happens, it can point to some issues in your internet connection. If its a physical/hardware issue, its time to have it checked out. If however, that’s not the case then you could try the following steps to boost the speed. While it might not always resolve the issue, at times, users do not get the maximum speed possible from their ISPs. The following steps also use the command prompt and will help you resolve the issue, if it exists.

Step 1: Open the command prompt in the way already discussed and type netsh int tcp show global and hit enter.

Step 2: The next step is to change the default TCP parameters. Open your notepad and enter the following lines

cd\
netsh int tcp show global
netsh int tcp set global chimney=enabled
netsh int tcp set heuristics disabled
netsh int tcp set global autotuninglevel=normal
netsh int tcp set global congestionprovider=ctcp

Step 3: Save this file with the name Boostspeed.bat

Step 4: Run this file in administrator mode and once the changes take effect, you should notice an increase in your internet speed. Users have reported an increase of upto 35% at times after these steps. Hopefully they might work for you as well.

Step 5: Just in case you wish to revert back to the default TCP parameters or have the option to revert back if ever needed, you can save the following lines in another .bat file.

cd\
netsh int tcp show global
netsh int tcp set global chimney=default
netsh int tcp set heuristics enabled
netsh int tcp set global congestionprovider=none

Source: Instructables

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Top 5 Countries With The Fastest Internet In The World -2017

Top 5 Countries With The Fastest Internet In The World

List of top 5 countries with the quickest internet

In this technological era, where internet has become the most preferred medium of our everyday communication, have you ever wondered which countries provide the most quickest internet experience?

There are two important metrics in bandwidth allocation (measured in Megabits per second or Mbps): download and upload speed, denoting the speed of inbound and outbound data respectively. Here is a list of the top five countries that has the fastest internet connection speed in the world 2017.

1. Hong Kong

Hong Kong tops the list with peak internet speed of broadband connection in this country showing an average of 54.1 Mbps across services. It only takes 83 seconds to download one high definition (HD) movie.

2. South Korea

After Hong Kong, South Korea recorded the second-fastest average internet speed of 48.8 Mbps. Also, one HD quality movie can be downloaded in just 92 seconds.

3. Japan

Japan came in third with a peak download speed of 42.2 Mbps, and can download one HD movie in 106 seconds.

4. Latvia

At fourth position is Latvia, wherein the average speed of connection in this country is 37.5 Mbps. It takes only two minutes to download one HD movie.

5. Romania

With best facility of internet, Romania comes in at fifth place with an average internet speed of 37.4 Mbps and a download speed of two minutes to copy one HD movie.

Source: Bloomberg, WAU

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Selecting the Most Appropriate Ethernet Cable

Selecting the Most Appropriate Ethernet Cable

Selecting the Most Appropriate Ethernet Cable

Wireless Internet and cloud computing strategies may seem like they are taking over most of the business’ IT infrastructure, but the actual fact is that wired, private networks are not going away anytime soon.

In fact, Ethernet cable technology has fully advanced keeping the pace with improvements in Wi-Fi technology, and wired networks are normally still faster than their wireless counterparts. In-house networking is still often the wiser move for both businesses and high-usage home offices.

But not all ethernet cables are created equal. There are different cables with different capabilities designed to do different jobs. Here are the basics on the two ethernet cable types that are most commonly used today:

Cat-5 and Cat-5e Cables

Category 5 and Category 5 enhanced Ethernet cables are essentially two peas in a pod, one and the same cable. The difference is that 5e cables are more thoroughly tested against potential electrical interference, which is a boost to your peace of mind when you are installing cables inside of wall cavities where quick replacement will not be practical later on.

Cat-5e brings you up to a gigabyte of power to speed up your connections. This is more than enough for at home and in most business situations as well.

Cat-6 Cables

Each new category of Ethernet cable upgrades the previous one, so Cat-6 is a bit faster than Cat-5. Typically, Cat-5 is more than sufficient; but in situations where file-transfers and communication within a local network is high, Cat-6 might just be worth the extra investment.

Later categories of cable are always made to be compatible with earlier ones, so you don’t have to stick with Cat-5 if the rest of your network is already Cat-5. Some may prefer to keep all cables in their network the same for “consistency’s sake,” but it is not strictly necessary.

Solid vs. Stranded Cables

Another distinction to be aware of when shopping for new ethernet cables is the solid/stranded dichotomy. Solid cables are usually the choice for business use and for in-wall/in-floor wiring since they offer superior performance and better guard against interference.

But stranded cables are great for travelers and for smaller in-home usage because they are more durable when constantly moved and occasionally bumped.

Long Distance Cables

A final consideration is the distance your cable needs to travel between devices. Each cable has its limitations as to how far it can run before losing signal strength and consistency. That’s just how it is when you use a wired instead of a wireless system.

Cables should travel, so far as possible, the shortest distance between two points to maximize signal life but also avoid passing too close to other electrical devices that could cause interference. With strategically placed routers and switchboards and a great wiring plan, there are few practical limits on how large your local area network (LAN) can grow.

Thinner, 10-base-2 cables can only reach up to 600 feet or so before losing signal strength. Thicker, 10-base-5 cables, on the other hand, can make it over 1,600 feet. Thin Cat-5 cables reach only 324 feet before problems set in, but you can buy thicker 1000ft Bulk Cat5 cable that will stretch the full distance without a glitch.

Conclusion

The bottom line is twofold: wired networks that use Ethernet cables can outperform Wi-Fi in many contexts, but you need to pay close attention to the exact type of ethernet cable you invest in.

Whether you should use Cat-5e or Cat-6 cables, solid or stranded cables, or short or long distance cables all depends on the needs of your operation.

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What’s The Difference Between IPv4 and IPv6 ?

What's The Difference Between IPv4 and IPv6 ?

Difference Between IPv4 and IPv6

As an avid internet user, one is bound to have come across the terms IPv4 and IPv6 along with the debate about why the world needs to shift over to IPv6. An average joe at this point probably knows about the debate and why the jump is needed, but what exactly is the difference between the 2 protocols ?

Back Story

IPv4 today, is one of the core protocols of standard based inter-networking methods in the internet. It was initially deployed along with ARPANET back in 1983. IPv4 as we know has a limit to the number of address with the ceiling being hit at 4.3 billion addresses owing to addresses in it being in 32-bits. While 4.3 billion was a lot when it was deployed, the internet has gone through a volcanic eruption of devices in the era of the smartphone. The number of devices capable of connecting to the internet were restricted to Personal Computers until the year 2000 and 4.3 billion addresses was more than enough for all the computers in the world. With the availability of the smartphone however, every person now owned at least 2 devices that could connect to the internet thus doubling the number of addresses needed almost instantly.

With this boom of internet usage, also came the very real demand of more IP address and that’s when the world truly understood the need for IPv6. While IP address were limited to being four 1 byte numbers in IPv4, the newer version used 128 bits for IP address thus making them go from (192.168.1.1) to (fe80::d4a8:6435:d2d8:d9f3b11). Even a layman can see the vast increase in the number of characters available and more characters means more addresses.

The Differentiation

This was the basic stuff that everyone knows but that’s not all there is when we talk about difference. IPv4 used Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) to configure an IP address every time it connects to the world wide web. IPv6 supports a revised DHCPv6 protocol that supports stateful auto-configuration, and supports stateless auto-configuration of nodes. This type of configuration utilizes router advertisements to generate a unique address. This ability creates a plug and play type of environment, where one can simply connect to the web and the address will be automatically generated on the go.  There is a lot more differences between the two protocol version that we have listed below

IPv4 IPv6
 Packet size : 576 bytes required, fragmentation is optional  Packet size : 1280 bytes required fragmentation not needed
 Packet fragmentation : Routers and sending hosts   Packet fragmentation : Sending hosts only
IPv4 was not designed with the intention of security
– Originally designed for an isolated military network
– Then adapted for a public educational & research network
 IPv6 was designed ground up with strong security
– Encryption
– Authentication
 IPv4 header has 20 bytes.
IPv4 header has many fields (13 fields)
  IPv6 header is the double, it has 40 bytes.
IPv6 header has fewer fields, it has 8 fields.
 ISP have IPv4 connectivity or have both IPv4 and IPv6   Many ISP don’t have IPv6 connectivity
 Non equal geographical distribution (>50% USA)   No geographic limitation
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Top 5 Cities With Fastest Internet Speeds In The World And India

Top 5 Cities With Fastest Internet Speeds In The World And India

Best 5 cities with highest Internet speed in India and the world

To have a fast and blazing internet speed is the need of the hour, as internet has now become our preferred medium of everyday communication. Internet is definitely one of the newest and most forward-looking media and the medium of the future.

However, it can feel like an eternity, if you have a slow internet connection speed that makes you wait for that page to load, or that video to buffer, or that file to download. There are two important metrics in bandwidth allocation (measured in Megabits per second or Mbps): download and upload speed, denoting the speed of inbound and outbound data respectively.

In this article, we bring to you a list of the cities with the highest average internet speeds worldwide, as well as in India. The list is based on the average download speed in each city that collects data from both Akamai (CDN and cloud services provider) and Ookla (a web service that provides free analysis of Internet access performance metrics, such as connection data rate and latency).

Which country has fastest internet speed?

1. Seoul

Seoul, the capital of South Korea clinched the first place for fastest internet in 2016, measuring in at an average of 26.1 Mbps. Some of the fastest connections in the city offer up to 1.5 Gbps (Gigabits per second) speeds.

2. Hong Kong

Hong Kong bagged the second place, with the country’s financial capital showing an average of 21.9 Mbps across services.

3. Singapore

Singapore also called as the most “tech-ready nation” by the World Economic Forum, comes in at a close third, The average Internet speed in Singapore is clocked at around 20.2 MBPS.

4. Tokyo

Tokyo, which is the most crowded metropolitan area in the world and capital of Japan, comes in fourth with an average 19.6 Mbps broadband speed.

5. Taiwan

The island nation of Taiwan, often in dispute with the government of the People’s Republic of China over its status, is placed at the fifth position with a 15.6 Mbps download speed average.

Which Indian cities have fastest internet speed?

Even though India is a big country, it’s nationwide average internet connectivity is 13.271 Mbps. The 5 cities mentioned below have the best internet speeds in India.

1. Hyderabad

Hyderabad became the first city in India to get 1Gbps internet connectivity and hence, it is also placed at the top of the list. Thanks to ACT Fibernet, which launched the 1Gbps wired broadband internet service with a Fair Usage Policy (FUP) limit of 1TB (terabyte) in Hyderabad. The speed is considered to be 400 times faster than the average internet speed of 2.5 Mbps in India. Previously, Hyderabad used to get 23.556 Mbps speeds on offer.

2. Chennai

The capital of Tamil Nadu is placed at the second position for having an average download speed of 41.064 Mbps across the city.

 3. New Delhi

New Delhi, the capital of India, comes in at third place for offering an average download speed of 21.996 Mbps.

4. Bengaluru 

Known as the technology capital of India, Bengaluru is positioned at fourth spot for providing an average download speed of 21.951 Mbps internet.

5. Mumbai

Lastly, Mumbai, the city of dreams and also the financial capital of India has an average broadband speed of 10.273 Mbps.

 

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Get free Internet :Connect to password protected Wi-Fi hotspots for free with Instabridge App

Get free Internet :Connect to password protected Wi-Fi hotspots for free with Instabridge App

Connect to password protected Wi-Fi hotspots for free with Instabridge App for Android smartphones, iOS devices, Windows and Mac PCs/laptops

Data is everything today. In fact, millennials would prefer data to free McBurgers and free diet coke. But data is costly and everyone dreams of getting free data. What’s better than a free Wi-Fi connection which you can use when you want where you want. But getting free Wi-Fi connection is difficult. For that you most probably have to hack into your neighbor’s or school/college Wi-Fi connection. For hacking you need specialized training, software and a rooted smartphone.

Luckily, for you there is a way through which you can get free Internet connection. An app called “Instabridge” offers you free Wi-Fi connection. Instabridge works through crowdsourcing and lists of user-submitted WiFi connections to let others access them for free. So far, thousands of network credentials have been added to the database so it is very likely that you could find a network near to you and join it for free.

The better news is that Instabridge is available for all gadgets, be it your Android smartphone or Apple iPhone/iPad, Mac PC or Windows PC/laptop.

Setting up Instabridge on your Android smartphone/iPhone/Windows PC/Mac PC

Remember, some of the crowd listed Wi-Fi access points may also be hacked. But that is not your concern because you get free Internet through Instabridge. Setting up Instabridge on smartphone, PC or iPhone is a breeze. Follow the below tutorial and install Instabridge.

Install Instabridge on your Mac PC/Laptop/Windows PC/Laptop/Android smartphone/iPhone or any other iOS device.

After installing the App, set up your preferences and add a Mobile number. Adding mobile number is not mandatory but you can list your Wi-Fi details if you add your mobile number. To complete the installation process, you will need to enter your WiFi credentials (If you have one). Don’t worry, your WiFi connection will only be shared with your friends, and you can manually edit the selection if you want.

After you have completed all the installation process proceed to the main screen. The main screen shows all the different Wi-Fi connections available near you. You will see Pink dots, which means that the WiFi connection is open and you can connect to it, while a gray dot means that the connection is restricted or requires payment. All you need to do is just connect to the Pink dot Wi-fi connection and enjoy.

 Thank me later!
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ACT Fibernet launches 1Gbps broadband service in India

ACT Fibernet launches 1Gbps broadband service in India

Hyderabad becomes India’s first city to get 1Gbps broadband service launched by ACT Fibernet

ACT Fibernet on Thursday became the first ever Indian broadband service provider to launch 1Gbps (gigabit per second) wired broadband internet service with a Fair Usage Policy (FUP) limit of 1TB (terabyte) in Hyderabad. With this launch, Hyderabad becomes the first Gigabit city of India. The service is being made available at a starting price of Rs. 5,999 per month (exclusive of taxes).

The speed is considered to be 400 times faster than the average internet speed of 2.5 Mbps in India. For now, ACT claims that with the new 1Gbps plan, it is majorly targeting start-ups, retail outlets and other internet companies, and claims that the new service will disrupt and lead technological growth in the country. With these speeds, users can download a full movie in a matter of seconds.

Bala Malladi, CEO, ACT Fibernet said, “With our citizens and the government moving towards the Digital India movement, high speed internet is the need of the hour. With the launch of our 1 Gbps broadband internet service, it gives me immense pride to turn this dream into reality. The city of Hyderabad is apt for our maiden launch as it has some of the best technology brands, educational institutions and a vibrant economy.”

“We are confident this product will transform the way internet is now being consumed at large and this will fast track the government’s newest target to connect all its 23 million Telangana residents through the Internet by 2018,” Malladi added.

ACT pointed out that high-speed gigabit connections will require a minimum PC specification consisting of an “Intel Core i7 processor 2.5Ghz, 8GB of RAM, with a 64-bit OS and 1Gbps LAN/Ethernet port.”

The company said that a few cities across the world can claim as being ‘Giga enabled’, certainly not at this scale. This launch places Hyderabad in league of select cities in the world that can claim of such futuristic technology. Giga speeds will allow downloads from the internet faster than transferring data from a USB drive.

“I am extremely pleased to be present here and witness the historic launch of 1Gbps broadband internet service for an entire city in the country. It is my vision to connect our residents through high speed internet and I am sure this product from ACT Fibernet will further help fulfil my vision of making Telangana a tech and digitally advanced hub,” said Shri. K. Taraka Rama Rao, Minister for IT, Municipal Administration and Urban development and Industries, in a statement.

IT Secretary, Jayesh Ranjan, said the State will soon launch 3,000 Wi-Fi spots in the city, of which 1,000 of them will be handled by ACT.

ACT Fibernet is also planning to launch its 1 Gbps wired internet service in 10 other cities soon, including Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Eluru, Guntur, Nellore, Tirupati, Vijayawada, and Visakhapatnam.

With over 65% market share, ACT Fibernet said that it is the largest broadband provider in twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. Also, with a customer base of 1.12 million, ACT Fibernet is India’s 3rd largest wired broadband operator in the country. Headquartered in Bangalore, ACT currently provides fiber Internet in 11 cities across India. In the United States, the Google Fiber is providing the same speed as 1Gbps for selected cities.

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Which country has the fastest mobile Internet speed? Find out now!

Which country has the fastest mobile Internet speed? Find out now!

Which Country Has Fastest Smartphone Data Speed?

With smartphones reaching the four corners of the world, the most important question that a smartphone user has is his/her mobile Internet speed. Without good fast data speed, any smartphone no matter how best it is or how expensive it is, is pretty useless. So let’s find out which country leads the pack of fastest data speed for smartphones.

Which country has fastest mobile data speed?

South Korea, clinched the top spot for having the world’s fastest LTE network, according to a recent survey conducted by wireless coverage mapping company, OpenSignal.

The company’s latest Global State of Mobile Networks report, which covers network performance of 87 countries globally, showed that South Korea again came out on top in terms of cellular network data speeds, with the U.S. staggering at one-third the speed.

South Korea was ranked first, with their mobile customers experiencing average network speeds of 37.54 Mbps (megabits per second) overall speeds – calculated on the average mobile data connection based on speeds and availability of 3G and 4G networks — followed by Norway with 34.77 Mbps, Hungary with 31.04 Mbps, and Singapore with 30 Mbps, a cut-off that OpenSignal calls “a high bar to achieve, as it requires not only having powerful LTE networks but also extremely high access to those 4G connections.”.

Though with an average speed of 45Mbps, South Korea along with Singapore topped OpenSignal’s previous network testing.

The number of countries breaking the 20 Mbps mobile network speed threshold or faster connections increased from nine in the last survey to 13, according to OpenSignal.

“Those top performers have largely remained the same, dominated by South Korea, Singapore, Japan, and Australia in the east and a handful of northern and eastern European countries in the west. The only country on another continent to break the 20 Mbps barrier in our tests was Canada,” wrote the company.

In terms of North America, Canada was No. 12 on the list with an average speed of 20.26 Mbps, and among the Asian countries, Taiwan trailed behind Japan which had an overall mobile network speed connection of 21.79 Mbps.

The United States was No. 36 at 12.48 Mbps and Mexico was No. 49 with an average speed of 9.91 Mbps. For the U.S., the latest results were down from the 13.03 Mbps speeds recorded in the previous testing period.

OpenSignal provided the test numbers based on data recorded from smartphones that had downloaded the OpenSignal application and run over a three-month period starting last November. The company used more than 19.2 billion data points from nearly 1.1 million users in 87 countries. It tracks network quality whether they are inside or outside, in a city or rural area, so their numbers “represent performance the way users experience it,” the company says.

“For our Global State of Mobile Networks report, OpenSignal looked not at 4G or 3G speed individually, but rather at the aggregate speed our users experienced across all of a country’s mobile data networks,” the company explained. “We feel that measurement paints a more holistic picture of the typical mobile data experience as it factors in not only the performance of different types of networks, but the amount of access customers have to each of them.”

Users in the Netherlands spent the most amount of time connected to Wi-Fi networks rather than cellular networks, at 68.53 percent of the time, followed by China, at 65.42 percent of the time; Germany, at 61.44 percent; Canada, at 60.65 percent; and Belgium rounding out the top five, on 59.57 percent.

Australian mobile users were connected to Wi-Fi networks just 46.35 percent of the time, placing it 53rd in the category, while New Zealanders were connected 55.86 percent of the time, at 13th place.

“While 4G continues to extend its reach and speed across the globe, Wi-Fi’s importance as a mobile data technology hasn’t waned,” OpenSignal said.

“We see a high proportion of time spent on Wi-Fi in the majority of the 96 countries we analysed. Specifically, 38 of those countries had time on Wi-Fi scores of 50 percent or greater, meaning in a large part of the world, our users are spending as much time connected to Wi-Fi networks as they are to cellular networks.

“Rather than acting as a mere supplement to 4G networks, Wi-Fi remains as important a technology as any cellular system in mobile communications.”

Last month, OpenSignal released more detailed U.S. numbers, with Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US easily outperforming rivals AT&T Mobility and Sprint. In terms of average LTE download speeds, the testing found a near statistical tie between Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US, with both carriers coming in at just below 17 Mbps.

However, T-Mobile US surged ahead with its HSPA-based network notching 4 Mbps in average download speeds compared with just 850 kilobits per second from Verizon Wireless’ CDMA2000 1x EV-DO 3G network when it took into account 3G network performance.

In terms of LTE network speeds in the latest test, AT&T Mobility came in at No. 3 with the carrier posting an average download speed of 13.86 Mbps, while its HSPA-based 3G network was No. 2 with a speed of 3.04 Mbps. Sprint was a distant No. 4 in LTE network speed at 8.99 Mbps and a little ahead of Verizon Wireless in 3G network speeds at 970 kbps.

Once again, Verizon Wireless came out on top of the reports LTE rankings with the application showing LTE network availability at 88.17%, in terms of what OpenSignal calls “network availability.” T-Mobile U.S. was a close second at 86.6%, followed by AT&T Mobility at 82.23% and Sprint a distant No. 4 at 76.81%.

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