Global Internet Speed Test (GIST) for iPhone & Android Devices

Whether you’re a diehard iPhone or Android fanatic or a recent inductee to these popular devices

This new application from Cisco will help you quickly understand the “gist” of what your network speed can deliver at any given time.

Sample Cisco GIST application screen for iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android devices.

Cisco GIST Testing Methodology

Speed tests are performed by downloading a known quantity of data from a server nearest to your location. Cisco GIST is hosted on Akamai’s EdgePlatform – a network of over 80,000 secure servers worldwide. The size of the data is different for the different types of network connections, so that the test will take roughly the same amount of time from the user’s perspective. For a cellular network test, 256KB are downloaded. For wireless, 512 KB are downloaded. A single download is performed, timed in milliseconds, and results are reported in terms of 1000 bits per second (kbps). Test results might be impacted by network routing, traffic, congestion and the responsiveness of our server. Results might also vary by the user’s geographical location.