Verizon creams Sprint in battle of 5G dataspeeds

Verizon creams Sprint in battle of 5G dataspeeds
You might be familiar with the Speedtest.net app found in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The app measures the dataspeed of the user's cellular and Wi-Fi connections. Today, the Speedtest blog revealed the difference in download and upload speeds between Verizon's mmWave 5G network, Sprint's sub-6GHz 5G network, and the 4G LTE speeds for both carriers. If you're wondering why AT&T and T-Mobile aren't included in this report, it's because AT&T had yet to launch its 5G service for consumers in July, and T-Mobile had started its limited service in late June.


During July, Sprint's 2.5GHz mid-range spectrum delivered 5G download speeds of 236.09Mbps on average, compared to the 870.34Mbps speed on average for Verizon. In some ways, this should be no surprise; Verizon's mmWave spectrum on the 28GHz band offers more capacity and faster speeds although the airwaves don't travel as far and penetrate buildings as well as a lower-band spectrum. Sprint's average 5G speed was nearly three times the carrier's average LTE speed for the month at 79.25Mbps. Sprint's 5G peak during July was 724.33. In comparison, Verizon's average 5G speed was more than eight times as fast as its average LTE download speed of 102.23Mbps and its peak 5G speed exceeded 2Gbps.

Verizon's 5G upload speed was also much faster than Sprint's


T-Mobile is looking to merge with Sprint to pick up the carrier's mid-band spectrum; the carrier hopes to combine the 2.5GHz airwaves with its 600MHz low band spectrum and its mmWave spectrum. Last month, T-Mobile successfully completed data sessions on its 600MHz airwaves. Once phones sporting Qualcomm's X55 5G modem chip are launched (like the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G), T-Mobile's low-band airwaves will come into play for 5G connectivity. The carrier hopes to be the first U.S. wireless provider with a national 5G network and could have it all built out sometime during the first half of 2020.


The report also compared average 5G upload speeds for Verizon and Sprint in two cities, Chicago and Providence. In the former, Sprint's 5G network had an average 5G upload speed of 20.25Mbps, 2.5 times faster compared to its average LTE upload speed in the city of 8.03Mbps. The peak 5G upload speed for Sprint in Chicago was 40.96Mbps. In Providence, Verizon's average 5G upload speed was 50.55Mbps, 78% faster than its average LTE upload speed in the city of 28.28Mbps. Verizon's 5G upload speed peaked at 133.84Mbps.


Just like faster 4G LTE dataspeeds allowed the rideshare industry to be created and thrive (both Lyft and Uber are multi-billion dollar companies), 5G dataspeeds are expected to help with the creation of new businesses and industries that our minds can't even fathom at the moment. In addition, 5G dataspeeds will be able to support self-driving vehicles and other technologies that might have seemed like science fiction a few years ago.

While the results released today clearly show Verizon in front, there is a long way to go before any U.S. carrier can claim the title of fastest 5G network. We need to see the wireless operators fully build out their new networks using all of the tricks in their arsenal before a winner is announced.

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9 Comments

2. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Another so what article. 5G is useless to 99% of cellphone users for now.

3. technut

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

I'm not the least bit surprised. If it weren't for Verizon and Att, I'd basically have dial up speeds in my area. Sprint and T-Mobile are both slow as molasses around here. I wouldn't expect either one to lead the 5g speed race

4. robert.johnson1992

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 02, 2019

I only care about getting 5G home internet charter sucks @zz and my internet is expensive for 400mbps I'm not even gonna buy a phone that's 5G for a while most 5G speeds for me feel like LTE speeds I Usually got 130mbps or more on tmobile and spotty everywhere att I get about 80mbps everywhere

5. painnpanic

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Isn't that is what is expected. The biggest difference is coverage. Verizon's 5G is like a hotspot while Sprints actually covers an entire area. Do I want 5G in a block or do I want 5G all over town.

7. ray200976

Posts: 4; Member since: Feb 18, 2013

I agree , rather have all over speed then one block or across the street 900 mbs.

6. VerizonFan

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 27, 2011

Verizon and att will always win the speed race as they have a lot of bandwidth in the high spectrum category. But if love to see how Verizon’s low bandwidth strategy plays out when the roll it out for 5G and they can’t get above 100mbps while moving. You can build a fast network and tell your customer don’t move, flinch, take a step, or breathe otherwise it’s gonna mess up. I don’t have sprint but atleast there doing it the right way and saying hey we’re gonna build an on the go usable 5G network that honestly takes 35-80 sec longer downloading things but you can be in the car and using it while you drive to your destination.

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2274; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

No surprise here. Verizon is wealthiest provider of any phone carrier. ATT and Verizon have the deepest pockets for future investment.

9. scyence

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 06, 2015

Well, Verizon has always had more coverage than Sprint, sooooo.... Yeah. Also, not really gonna care til 5G is a nationwide thing.

10. Reybanz88

Posts: 102; Member since: Jul 28, 2016

But Verizon's network is literally like a Wifi Hot Spot though....

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