I happened to have connections from both Glo and Etisalat with me last Thursday morning and I used the opportunity to run quick speed tests. The tests were run between 9.30am and 9.40am. The results were interesting:
- Both connections maxed out at 7.47 Mbps, which is oddly far below expectation, considering that at least Etisalat claims a top speed of 42 Mbps.
- Glo delivered over 270% the speed that Etisalat did, beating them hands down. That’s 3.34 Mbps to 1.22 Mbps respectively. Another surprise.
I used the Speed Tester app for BlackBerry 10 for the tests. If you notice the dark column at the top left corner of both screenshots, I set the maximum speed offered by both operators to 57 Mbps, as the Z30 is rated HSPA+.
As always, my disclaimer about location stands. You will likely get different results from the above depending on where you are, and what time of the day you use the services.
About data rate units in this test: megabit per second = Mbps = Mbit/s = Mb/s
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.