T-Mobile is the fastest LTE network in the U.S. for 14th straight quarter; Verizon now 3rd

T-Mobile is the fastest LTE network in the U.S. for 14th straight quarter; Verizon now 3rd
T-Mobile has been bragging that its network is more suited for unlimited 4G LTE service than its rivals. And some of this has actually been borne out by data mined by Ookla, the creator of the Speedtest app, and analyzed by the carrier itself. T-Mobile has now gone 14 consecutive quarters with the fastest network in the U.S. While a chart posted by T-Mobile shows the latter's data speeds continuing to move higher, T-Mobile Chief Technical Officer Neville Ray pointed out that the chart reveals what happens when "carriers jump into unlimited without doing the hard work to make sure their networks are ready."

As Ray points out, Verizon's network wasn't quite ready for the heavy increase in traffic and Big Red's network speed, which was virtually tied for first with T-Mobile during the second half of last year, has now dropped to third place. It's 22.7 Mbps average download data speed trails the 23 Mbps reading achieved by AT&T and the 26.9 Mbps average tallied by T-Mobile. Sprint's 20Mbps speed didn't meet the cut according to T-Mobile. Ray also points out that T-Mobile has now surpassed Verizon in LTE availability. T-Mobile customers receive an LTE signal 91.5% of the time they need one, compared to 90.2% for Verizon and 83.4% for AT&T. Again, Sprint didn't make the cut since it scored under 84% for the entire year to date (get the joke about Sprint yet?).

T-Mobile's CTO notes that the company has finished rolling out its 700MHz Extended Range LTE and the 600MHz spectrum that it won during the FCC's recent auction. T-Mobile is expediting the process of adding these low frequency airwaves to its network. At low frequencies, these airwaves travel farther and penetrate buildings easier. Last month, T-Mobile ran a test of License Assisted Access (LAA) and hit 741 Mbps download speeds in a field test on the T-Mobile network.




source: T-Mobile

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29 Comments

1. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

We all get it, Sprint is a joke. T-Mobile lacks coverage. So just like Samsung, being the fastest or most popular doesn't equate to being the best.

3. TeriusRose

Posts: 108; Member since: May 12, 2017

I guess it depends on where you live. I've never had problems in Georgia, New York, or California.

5. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

The old "I've never had any problems with X" response. That doesn't really say much for everyone else unfortunately.

10. g2a5b0e unregistered

In the same token, I only care about my experiences & where I use my phone. I spend 99.9% of my life at home, work & in between. Why would I care about nationwide coverage when I'm always covered where I am?

21. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Because you are not the only user on a carrier network. That's why. Once again you deflect from the point with your one sided view.

26. g2a5b0e unregistered

That's obvious, Flash & that's the point. I'm not buying a phone for everyone. I'm buying a phone for me. Why should I care about Fugly McGee in B*tt F*ck, Tennessee's reception? The answer is I shouldn't.

28. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I didn't say anything about you should care about anyone else. What I AM saying is that you are not the only person who is using a smartphone, so get over it. Your situation does not apply to everyone.

25. TeriusRose

Posts: 108; Member since: May 12, 2017

I was talking about myself, maybe I was unclear or something. And like I explicitly said, I guess it depends on where you live. Because of my job I travel a lot. I personally haven't had a lot of issues with T-Mobile but I am well aware I can only speak for myself. I'm not sure what your point is.

14. matistight

Posts: 901; Member since: May 13, 2009

Being in the bay area, I can agree, but only in California Bay area, LA and New York CITY. Go north of any of those places, and my T-Mobile covers goes to "Searching" on an iPhone 7. So like Flash is saying, it does not apply to everyone, just like when Sprint claims to be within 1% of Verizon or whatever and ATT claims to cover 99% of the US(Even though they are money-hungry, law breaking liars.)

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"So just like Samsung, being the fastest or most popular doesn'tequate to being the best." Going by that logic, the iPhone having the most sales, doesn't equate to being the best. :)

6. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

I never said it was. Triggered much lol?

13. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Fastest doesn't equate to most all around coverage either. I own Sprint and Tmobile...... Tmobile is patchy coverage with faster LTE speeds. Use who you like, Alan loves to jig Sprint whenever possible. We have had this discussion before.

19. Bernoulli

Posts: 4358; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Bloke is completely right, you were the one to assume he was an apple fan when he may not be. I personally dislike both Samsung and 'iPhone ' and prefer the likes of windows phone, because of superior cameras and continuum, but that's just my own opinion, don't jump right away man, you end up looking like a clown for assuming wrong.

22. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Yup, he is now in silence mode.

8. Macready

Posts: 1793; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

" -Mobile lacks coverage." " T-Mobile customers receive an LTE signal 91.5% of the time they need one, compared to 90.2% for Verizon and 83.4% for AT&T."

12. Deadeye37

Posts: 277; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

This is the part that I think is funny. You can't do a speedtest where you don't get service (this stat glosses over that fact). However, its good to see that 91.5% of people doing a speedtest on T-mobile are connected to LTE.

17. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Well said root metrics ranks Tmobile coverage behind Sprints every time... Go figure..... They may have faster speed but lacking in the coverage area.... Why get butt hurt over the truth... Go to root metrics and see for yourself.

9. Deadeye37

Posts: 277; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

T-mobile coverage may be lacking compared to Verizon & AT&T, but they have made large strides to catch up.I think a lot of people who use the argument "T-Mobile lacks coverage" may find that they have decent/good coverage in their area now. I've been with T-mobile for a long time and I've seen how much they've built out, especially in rural town USA. Verizon is still king there, but on my latest trip around rural Utah, I had service a lot more than I did a couple years ago.

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1789; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I travel the country for work and I test the speeds wherever I go and I consistently get at least 40-70 down..

7. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1507; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Half a year ago when I had both I got around 17mbps on Tmobile and 56mbps on Verizon. Verizon also had significantly better coverage inside large buildings, basements, and rural areas. Tmobile had unlimited data and I wanted it for travel, but they didn't have a good enough coverage map for me to leave Verizon.

11. g2a5b0e unregistered

I love that they don't bother to include Sprint on these any more. Fitting.

23. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Sprint user: "I get coverage everywhere I'm at with speeds faster than Verizon on average, so why should I care about nationwide." See how flawed your logic is, or lack of?

27. g2a5b0e unregistered

You're such an idiot. If that's how the Sprint user feels, then good for them. What's good for the goose isn't necessarily good for the gander. Troll on.

29. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

So I'm trolling now just because I made you look stupid with your faulty logic? Man get out of here.

15. matistight

Posts: 901; Member since: May 13, 2009

Haven't we gone over this many times? Benchmarks mean nothing unless they apply to the customer. Sure, my friend that works at Wave Broadband get 1Gbps+ download speed, doesn't mean that happens to everyone, or even 90% of the customer base.

16. YoJerms77

Posts: 15; Member since: Apr 25, 2017

Flash, you say that we with awesome T-Mobile service don't speak for all customers. Well did it ever occur to you that for those who don't have awesome service don't speak for all customers either? I see you on all of these boards and I believe you aren't happy unless you're able to cause trouble for everyone else. I have a nephew like that, but he's only 12 and in counseling for anger management.

18. kabel

Posts: 145; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

source: T-Mobile .... Now, that is very believable source .... WTF phonearena?

20. sun0066

Posts: 251; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Love t mobile in south Florida area coverage is really good and it work for me .had sprint before and it was really bad

24. emcdonald75

Posts: 153; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

"T-Mobile's CTO notes that the company has finished rolling out its 700MHz Extended Range LTE and the 600MHz spectrum that it won during the FCC's recent auction." How can T-Mobile be finished rolling out their 600MHz spectrum when T-mobile was just assigned the spectrum by the FCC? I think T-mobile will need a few more new towers to roll this spectrum out, especially in new coverage areas.

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