Third-party tests show T-Mobile crushed Verizon at the Super Bowl

Third-party tests show T-Mobile crushed Verizon at the Super Bowl
In typical John Legere fashion, the flamboyant T-Mobile CEO spent a large part of the 2020 Super Bowl weekend taunting Verizon for its big-budget ad campaign focusing on... 4G LTE speeds and all the things 5G technology will not change in people's lives.

Of course, in Legere's defense, we have to point out Big Red actually started this latest war of words by directly targeting the "Un-carrier" in several commercials meant to highlight the poor performance of the first "nationwide" 5G network.

Unsurprisingly, T-Mo is looking to have the last laugh by presenting an analysis of the big four US carriers' actual performance during the "big game" that saw the Kansas City Chiefs (of the great state of Missouri) prevail over the San Francisco 49ers. Because the numbers were shared by John Legere on Twitter, you might be skeptical of their reliability, but the in-depth report was compiled by Ookla, the well-known (and unbiased) company behind the popular Speedtest service.


After conducting its tests at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida during the 2020 Pro Football Championship, Ookla found that T-Mobile easily defeated its arch-rival in all but one network performance indicator. We're naturally talking about 5G download speeds, a category where Verizon comfortably triumphed thanks to its vastly superior mmWave technology.

Then again, that was a largely meaningless victory for the nation's top wireless service provider due to how difficult it apparently was in the stadium on Sunday to obtain and maintain a Big Red 5G signal. T-Mobile shared multiple short videos on social media demonstrating this network instability, including one where a Verizon 5G-enabled phone dropped from 5G to 4G LTE technology as a waving hand blocked the advanced signal in front of it.


Unfortunately for Verizon, its 4G LTE network was nowhere near fast enough at the Super Bowl to pick up the 5G slack, averaging lower download speeds than even Sprint and AT&T. AT&T also narrowly defeated Verizon in LTE upload speeds and LTE latency, while Sprint joined T-Mobile in crushing Big Red as far as both 5G uploads and 5G latency were concerned.


Sprint actually took home the overall 5G latency trophy, while T-Mobile won four out of six gold medals. Of course, one venue is not representative of the average nationwide scores the big four carriers can typically rack up, but the way T-Mo prepared for the year's biggest sporting event certainly suggests the "Un-carrier" has its priorities straight, unlike we know who.

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7 Comments

6. applesnapple93

Posts: 347; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

I will say a few things here. ~1% of the stadium population prob had sprint. Verizon more than likely had a large majority of stadium's population on their network. The other networks were definitely less congested. Also what is 30mbps download and 8mbps upload not fast enough to do?

9. integrazimmy

Posts: 65; Member since: May 30, 2015

That is until you understand what those numbers mean. 30mbps is not 30 megabytes per second... It means 30 megabits per second. And as every byte is 8 bits, you generally divide the connection speed by 10. Meaning your download speed is ~3MB/s. Or in lamens terms... Not Fast Enough! Now imagine uploading a 30 minute FULL HD video to YouTube at 8mbps or .8MB/s. It would take you over 300 minutes or over 4 hours to upload.

10. applesnapple93

Posts: 347; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

I am an IT professional specifically in networking. I understand exactly what I said. Why am I uploading a 30 min video at the super bowl? 8mbps is plenty uploading a live stream. Video chat. Social networking. Messaging. Video messaging. Etc.

5. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1883; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

My CHIEFS won! And I had no problem gloating to hating friends over social media, texting etc with my Note 10+ 5G on tmobile network! #ChiefsKingdom

7. Vancetastic

Posts: 1966; Member since: May 17, 2017

Fifty years....I've been watching them since the last part of Len Dawson's career. Feels pretty good, eh?

8. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1883; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Most definitely!

4. DFranch

Posts: 568; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

the best 5G network is the one you can actually connect to. Being 3 times faster doesn't matter if you can't maintain a signal without climbing to the top of the radio tower.

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