State of US Wi-Fi Report

One of the many interesting datasets collected from users of the OpenSignal app is a large volume of Wi-Fi speed tests. Until now we have rarely looked at our Wi-Fi data for reports or blog posts, but since Wi-Fi is a huge part of our coverage-mapping project, we felt that it was time to dive in and start investigating.

We found some pretty cool insights – including that there is a strong correlation between the cost of a hotel room and the speed of Wi-Fi that you can expect from that hotel. We plotted this using cheapest room price data from 2012, against our average speeds for the specific hotel SSID’s (which weren’t always easy to find!).

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We also discovered that Starbucks’ switch from AT&T Wi-Fi to Google has brought about an 80% increase in speeds – great news for anyone who spends far too much time with their laptop in starbucks!

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Click through to see the rest of the report, including the answer to the question ‘who has faster Wi-Fi, McDonalds or BestBuy?’

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