Mobile Network Is America's Fastest

Testing Firm: T-Mobile Is the 'Operator to Beat'

Testing Firm: T-Mobile Is the 'Operator to Beat'

According to OpenSignal, T-Mobile's average LTE download speed has hit 19.42Mbps, which is a significant improvement of 10% over the last six months.

Two megabits per second may not seem like much of a lead, but it could mean the difference between successfully downloading a video or not. In comparison, Verizon's average speed has increased to 17.77Mbps. AT&T and Verizon spent years at the top, but T-Mobile's rapid growth pushed them to reintroduce unlimited plans, which have changed the way people use their mobile devices.

It's important to highlight Sprint's big gains across the board, with the "Now Network" all of a sudden looking like a strong candidate for speed and availability podiums going forward, while Verizon and AT&T deserve a bit of praise as well for recovering what they lost in the immediate wake of their unlimited plan rollouts. Only in September did both operators manage to arrest the downward trend, which was most likely the result of 4G capacity upgrades on both networks. T-Mobile had a LTE coverage signal of 93.14%. T-Mobile had the fastest 4G download speed, fastest 3G download speed, fastest overall download speed, fastest 3G latency, and best 4G availability. Its availability score rose almost 9 percentage points over the last twelve months, compared to 6 percentage points for T-Mobile and 5 percentage points for both Verizon and AT&T. Verizon won our 4G availability award outright in 11 markets, but it drew with T-Mobile for the award in the remaining 22 markets.

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As comprehensive as OpenSignal's report results are, download speeds will always vary by region and device (different phones have different modems capable of different peak download speeds). That places AT&T behind its own performance this time previous year, making it the only company to have lost 4G performance compared to the OpenSignal February 2017 report. For speeds, T-Mobile won in 8 while tying others in another 24. While the carrier has a long way to go, it has been able to improve its 4G download speeds and availability from 3Mbps to 12Mbps.

Although anecdotally T-Mobile hasn't been known to have comparable availability to Verizon, for whatever reason it has beaten Big Red in OpenSignal's tests. AT&T scores 87.07 percent and Sprint scored 85.66 percent. With a 4G latency of 58.29ms, AT&T stood first, while T-Mobile was second at 59.74ms. Verizon's 4G latency was the slowest at 69.99ms. Each year OpenSignal issues a report that looks at all the mobile carriers in the USA and compares the speed and performance offered to help consumers look through all the hype and marketing and see which carrier really is the fastest. OpenSignal's numbers show big improvements on all major United States carriers, including a return to pre-unlimited speeds for Verizon to end the year and a 33% jump in speeds over the year from Sprint.

Yes, even Sprint has a chance - the network's speed download speed leaped an impressive 33 percent compared to a year ago.

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