Wireless service at Walt Disney World is always a debate. Some people love it and some people hate it. I have noticed it is one of those hit or miss things. Recently a study was published detailing the wireless coverage areas in the parks by Global Wireless Solutions. There are 4 major wireless carriers, out of those Sprint had the worst coverage. AT&T had the best coverage. Verizon is second and T-mobile ranked number 3.
They focused mainly on the Magic Kingdom.
The Magic Kingdom averages nearly 53,000 daily visitors making it the most visited theme park in the world. All of these happy and excited visitors in one venue can really stress the wireless operators’ networks. Can you imagine the impact as visitors throughout the day are energetically tapping away on their mobile devices to share their experiences of the park with their friends and family via social networks, whether it’s Instagram or Snapchat. GWS performed multiple social media simulation tests to gauge the experiences visitors could expect, whether they want to just send a tweet or live stream their visit via Periscope. Findings include:
- AT&T was ranked as the best network for visitors that want to browse their social feeds, which can be one of the most common social media activities for users while they’re waiting in line for the next ride – clicking on links in Facebook or general browsing in Instagram and Twitter
- AT&T and Verizon tied top for the best operators for tweeting (without images or video) your way through your magical visit, though all carriers performed admirably on simulations for status updates on sites like Facebook and Twitter
- Verizon was the most robust network for sharing a selfie or video via social media, edging out AT&T for the top spot for uploading a selfie on social media sites such as Instagram and Snapchat
- AT&T was by far the best network for downloading heavy streaming media. For parents turning to Netflix or YouTube videos to calm down a little one or when stuck waiting for the kids to get off the rides, those with
- AT&T will find the best performance with these kinds of tasks
GWS tested a range of key indicators for mobile performance in developing these rankings- including download speed, upload speed and task success reliability. These metrics were combined to determine both the overall mobile experience for visitors of the park and a land-by-land comparison. The latter
of which are as follows (from best to worst):
- Main Street
- Tomorrow Land
- Adventure Land
- Fantasy Land
- Liberty Square
- Frontier Land
Check out Global Wireless Solutions for more info.
Photo Credit: Global Wireless Solutions
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