Mobile Smokes Rival Mobile Carriers In Speed According To OpenSignal Analysis

John Legere

John Legere

Although the larger carriers largely lagged T-Mobile, the OpenSignal analysis also noted that Verizon and AT&T halted declines in 4G speed previous year after new unlimited data plans put increased pressure on network capacity.

This latest report is based off of nearly 2.4 billion tests through nearly 240,000 devices from October 1, 2017 to December 30, 2017.

OpenSignal is back with another biannual look at the state of the world's 4G LTE networks, gathered using its crowdsourced data from close to 4 million test devices out in the wild, contributing over 50 ... As for the 4G speeds, T-Mobile posted an average speed of 19.42Mbps on an LTE connection, with Verizon LTE connections averaging 17.77Mbps (Sprint: 12.02Mbps; AT&T: 13.27Mbps).

Although T-Mobile hasn't swept every category like it did a year ago, the only test that the company didn't win was 4G latency, and even there it only lost to AT&T by a minuscule 1.45 milliseconds. As victor of both our 3G and 4G speed awards, T-Mobile was a lock for our overall speed prize, averaging downloads of 18.3 Mbps.

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OpenSignal puts out semi-regular reports on the mobile network market in the United States, giving a glimpse at how things are shaking out for the major players.

T-Mobile has been on an upward trajectory for years now, but based on a new report from OpenSignal, it appears that the carrier might not have much further to climb.

Being the best USA mobile carrier didn't come easy. While Verizon was dealing with the effects of the unlimited data deluge, T-Mobile was making plenty of network upgrades of its own. The report from Open Signal comes just days after T-Mobile and its MetroPCS pre-paid unit were both given the highest customer care score ever awarded by J.D. Power for the industry.

As was noted last week, the big takeaway in the battle over the best wireless carrier should be that T-Mobile made the most of an opportunity early in the 2017 when AT&T and Verizon networks struggled with re-introductions of unlimited, but kept pushing forward even as those two caught back up.

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As mobile data technology improves, data speeds get faster.

When OpenSignal published monitoring results last August, both AT&T and Verizon showed steadily declining 4G network speed that was attributed to the reintroduction of unlimited data plans.

The biggest surprise this year is with T-Mobile. Across the board, each individual carrier is showing increased availability, which is excellent for the future of consumer choice in the US.

For Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint customers, the story is a positive one too, even if they weren't "champs" in any (or many) categories. Sprint saw its 4G availability go up 9 percentage points in the past year, OpenSignal said. That's a more substantial 16% improvement from last fall's 14.91Mbps, but still behind T-Mobile's average speed. Both AT&T and Verizon seem to have mostly recovered now.

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