Study Shows T-Mobile’s Data Speeds Are the Fastest in the U.S.

Study Shows T-Mobile Has the Fastest Mobile Data Speeds in the U.S.
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T-Mobile currently has the highest mobile data speeds in the U.S., according to new data compiled by broadband testing service Ookla.

Additionally, the new information shows that average mobile speeds are high across the U.S. in general. According to performance tests conducted through Ookla’s website and its mobile app, T-Mobile currently has the top average broadband speed score nationwide.

The speeds results can be seen below, in megabits per second.

  • T-Mobile ranked first with a score of 23.2Mbps.
  • Verizon came in close behind, with a 21.2Mbps average speed.
  • AT&T ranked third with 20.1Mbps.
  • Sprint trailed behind with an average score of 15.4Mbps.

T-Mobile’s ranking doesn’t change when the metrics are switched to account for the 100 most populated cellular markets, but its lead does become pretty negligible.

  • T-Mobile still achieved an impressive score of 23.5Mbps
  • Verizon was hot on its heels, however, with an average score of 23.2Mbps.
  • AT&T averaged a bit higher in populated markets, with a score of 21.17Mbps.
  • Sprint again came in 4th with a slightly higher average of 16.2Mbps.

Ookla’s data lines up pretty well with previous OpenSignal results from earlier this year. According to OpenSignal’s data, Verizon achieved the fastest LTE speeds in the Western U.S. and the Midwest, while T-Mobile’s networks were the fastest in the East.

The new speed test data also suggests that broadband speeds are increasing across the U.S. overall. According to Ookla, the average download speed across all U.S. mobile networks in the first half of 2017 was clocked at 22.7Mbps — up around 19 percent from the same period last year.

The U.S. still lags behind other countries as far as average broadband performance, however. In that same period, the U.S. ranked 65th in the world for average upload speeds — just behind Mongolia in 64th place. Speeds in the U.S. also declined slightly on average from the first quarter of 2017 to the second due to the proliferation of unlimited data plans, Ookla reported.


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