Global Wireless Solutions Event-o-Meter Pit National vs. American League Stadiums Against Each Other in a Mobile Network Performance Challenge on Opening Day 2019

DULLES, Va. — March 28, 2019 — All 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams played today for Opening Day 2019, and Global Wireless Solutions (GWS) network testing specialists were on the ground at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., where the Mets played the Nationals, and at Yankee Stadium in New York City, where the Orioles played the Yankees, to see how well the mobile networks responded to the hundreds of thousands of social uploads and calls made during the games.

The National League set a high bar for Opening Day in terms of network connectivity: the OneScore at Nationals Park was 87, earning the National League a “B+” in the classroom of mobile network performance, and Yankee Stadium scored 70, earning the American League a “C-.”

The National League OneScore at Nationals Park also broke the record with the highest GWS Event-o-Meter score of all events tested by GWS thus far. By comparison, the OneScore for the Boston Marathon 2018 was 86; New Year’s Eve 2018 in Times Square was 77; Donald Trump’s 2017 presidential inauguration scored 75; and New Orleans Mardi Gras 2019 scored 66.

“The networks really hit it out of the park, especially at Nationals Park,” said Dr. Paul Carter, CEO and founder of Global Wireless Solutions. “Providers took extra steps to deliver to baseball fans the wireless connectivity they needed to document the day. It’s clear that very few experienced delays connecting with friends or uploading social posts.”

This report marks the third GWS Event-o-Meter for 2019, a measure of network performance at popular events nationwide and a barometer for how American consumers experience wireless connectivity when networks are trying to accommodate heavy traffic. The GWS Event-o-Meter is based on the company’s OneScore evaluation process, a measurement of overall performance that takes into account voice, data, video, coverage, and reliability metrics based on customer experience.

Event-o-Meter MLB Opening Day 2019: Findings

GWS performed testing at both American League’s Yankee Stadium in New York City and at the National League’s Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on MLB Opening Day, March 28, 2019. The National League triumphed with a score of 87 over the American League’s score of 70.

GWS testing specialists experienced the following on Opening Day in New York City and Washington, D.C.:

  • 100 percent of calls made at both Yankee Stadium and Nationals Park were completed successfully
  • Data-related tasks, like web browsing and uploading posts to social media, saw success rates of 98 percent in New York and a perfect 100 percent in Washington, D.C.
  • Video uploads took about 6 seconds in Washington, DC and a whopping 33 seconds in New York
  • Photos and selfie uploads took about 4 seconds in D.C. and 14 seconds in New York

Network carriers deployed advanced features to improve performance including carrier aggregation, higher-order modulation like 256QAM, voice over LTE (VoLTE) calls, as well as increased use of LTE multiplexing techniques (i.e., multiple-input and multiple-output) like 2×2 and 4×4 MIMO. This was particularly evident at Nationals Park where AT&T and Verizon’s use of advanced features resulted in their ability to achieve throughputs far greater than the other operators (23% and higher) during GWS’ network stress tests.

Methodology

GWS had a total of two data collection teams at Yankee Stadium in New York City and at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., on March 28. Each team used SwissQual QualiPoc on Samsung Galaxy S9 collection devices to measure the performance of the Tier 1 mobile networks. Nearly 2,200 voice and data samples were collected and compiled into a single OneScore, resulting in a combined overall event experience measurement on a scale from 0-100.

About Global Wireless Solutions, Inc.

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, Global Wireless Solutions has set the industry standard for network benchmarking, analysis and testing. Its proprietary OneScore network ranking combines high-level network testing data with real-world network usage scenarios to make the results of testing relatable and easy to understand. Working with some of the world’s largest wireless network providers, GWS offers high-quality network data and engineering analysis through a suite of benchmarking products, services and OneMeasure diagnostic apps that include drive, venue and in-building testing. At last count, GWS has driven 12 million data collection miles for its customers. For more information, visit gwsolutions.com and follow us on Twitter at @gwsolutionsinc.

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