Telecommunications How is Covid-19 impacting broadband networks in the US?

Broadband download speeds and latency can show whether people are continuing to stay at home and engage in bandwidth-intensive activities like gaming and streaming.

01 May 2020
  • Data for the week ending April 19 shows download speeds have generally increased, but so has latency.
  • Download speeds have recently risen in New York and Seattle but fallen in San Francisco.
  • Download speeds have improved m/m for US providers except AT&T Internet, Verizon, and XFINITY.
  • Optimum has recently seen a pronounced increase in speed.
  • Latency (where lower is better) increased for all providers examined, especially Optimum (~80%).

Weekly Change in Broadband Download Speeds by City

Source: UBS Evidence Lab, Ookla

Weekly Change in Broadband Download Speeds by Provider

Source: UBS Evidence Lab, Ookla

Weekly Change in Broadband Latency by Provider

Source: UBS Evidence Lab, Ookla

Change in Providers' Download Speed and Latency

Source: UBS Evidence Lab, Ookla