T-Mobile named ‘Fastest Mobile Network’ by Speedtest app maker Ookla


The past week has been a good one for T-Mobile, including solid Q2 2015 numbers, a J.D. Power Wireless Customer Case award, and taking the No. 3 US carrier spot from Sprint. And now the week has gotten even better.

Ookla, makers of the popular Speedtest.net app, has named T-Mobile the fastest mobile network in the US. The reports shows T-Mobile with an average LTE download speed of 19.62Mbps and an average upload of 9.90Mbps, beating out Verizon with 18.52Mbps/7.27Mbps, AT&T with 14.61Mbps/6.04Mbps, and Sprint with 10.44/4.12Mbps. Here’s what Ookla had to say about T-Mobile’s network:

T-Mobile has poured money into LTE network upgrades recently, and the work shows. Its “wideband LTE,” which improves LTE speeds without requiring new handsets, now covers 185 markets. The carrier is strongest in the urban Northeast and in Western cities.

To determine the winner of the title “Fastest Mobile Network,” Ookla gathered results from the more than 5 million speed tests and averaged the results from each user and device in particular locations in an effort to improve accuracy and reduce bias from repeated tests. Ookla also explains that it focused exclusively on LTE for its mobile network testing because if it included non-LTE tests, the results could be biased toward networks with older, non-LTE devices.

T-Mobile has put a lot of work into expanding its LTE network, which covers 290 million people, and also rolling out Wideband LTE for increased bandwidth and higher data speeds. This Ookla award shows that T-Mobile’s efforts are paying off, and it helps to make an already good week for T-Mobile even better.

What kind of network speeds are you getting in your part of the country?

Source: Ookla

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  • Crucifixion Cruxi

    I beg the differ http://imgur.com/h7czGl7

  • Fabian Cortez

    I beg the differ http://imgurDOTcom/h7czGl7

    And I can show you a speed test result of ~115 Mbps from this morning.

    Remember, average.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Awesome news. They were already advertising this though

  • I think you meant, “I beg TO differ”? Mine has never been that slow unless I was roaming on AT&T in the UP of Michigan.

  • Bud

    When there is service kicks A$$. My friend had Verizon wireless, full bars of lte only got 2mb. Lol go T-Mobile. Just expand coverage and building penetration.

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    • Acdc1a

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    • Romdude

      Yup, my friend’s Note 4 on verizon pulls down 2mb in east of Honolulu while mine was doing 45mb, at&t was next at like 25mb. Don’t even mention sprint. Funny thing is my friend still won’t switch even though she lives in Hawaii and rarely travels and would cut her bill in half. Go figure, she’s a verizon loyalist.

  • ChristianMcC

    Wow, that’s some really fast upload speed! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mike

    Just got 105 mbps down and 27mbps up outside of Ann Arbor Michigan.

    • g2a5b0e

      Where? I live nearby. Not complaining, but I’ve only gotten north of 50 down once & I was getting less than 10 up.

  • Mike Palomba

    I get 30 in my house and as high as 75 in certain parts of Staten Island

  • Mike Palomba

    Despite not being very fast, 1.62 mbs is capable of doing pretty much anything you need to do on your phone other then watching HD video

  • Julius

    I’m getting download 60 mbps, and upload 20 mbps in mission, TX way down south close to the border

  • That’s how a congested network looks like.

  • KingCobra

    Will be glad when/if they add some more spectrum to Charlotte. 2.5M+ metro with only 10MHz. Our LTE speeds are getting slower and slower it seems.

    • Romdude

      Check out the last auction if they bought spectrum in your area, hopefully those get on the grid in 2016.

  • Speedtest.net

    I am getting 7.87mbps down and 1.99mbps up in NYC.

    • no one believes you and if it is true tell them how old your phone is because my first Galaxy was faster then that with no LTE

      • Spanky

        Try again. The first Galaxy was capped out at 7.2 Mbps.

        • g2a5b0e

          What’s your point? He said his first Galaxy. He didn’t say the first Galaxy.

  • Rob H.

    I see between 35 and 60mbps down at home.

  • Depends on where I am in SC. In Barnwell, I get 22-30 down and 3-8 up. In Denmark, I get roughly the same. Both cities have PCS LTE.

    In Orangeburg, where there is some wideband LTE, I get 25-35 down and 8-13 up.

    These are the ranges.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      While Columbia has 5mhz LTE ugh

      • And Williston still has 2G. Was only able to pull 13 kb at best.

  • Kiwini

    Did they leave an urban area or go. Inside a building?

    • Steve

      Inside a building now with LG G4, pulled 23 down and 16 up. LTE Band 4 in western part of Dallas.

    • kev2684

      these are usually picked randomly and there’s no way of telling whether the test was done inside or out. T-Mo’s average would surely be higher if it was all outside and exclusively done on cities as they have the least subscriber base with the wideband LTE. only VZW can match that but they have double the customers.

      • Mike

        the tests i posted above were inside. T-Mobile has good tower density here

    • chrsstphr

      Checkout my speed test

  • Greg Victor

    Getting 70 Mbps down in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Cam Fas

    Get almost 100 mbs down here in Las Vegas

    • J Cav the Great

      That’s weird.. I have a a Z3 (All LTE Bands) I was in Vegas this past weekend…was only able to pull 50mbps..:(

      • Cam Fas

        Dang I have the 6plus 128gig and I’m over in Henderson just got 89mbs down most of the time in Vegas it’s between 50-79mbs but I have gotten 98mbs once

        • moonoverparma

          Do you go into any of the big casinos? How the service inside? Just curious.

        • Cam Fas

          Generally I stay away from the strip I think I have only been in one in the last year but the service was fine I think they have micro cells inside most of the major casinos.

  • Mike

    With a MetroPCS SIM in a Nexus 5, I have gotten 100-plus mbps downloads on occasion in metro Detroit. 20-40 down and 10-30 mbps are common. Very rarely do I have speeds that reflect the second-tier tower status.

    My coverage is good in a lot of indoor spaces unless they are very large buildings or I am in a basement (although coverage is still fine in my home’s basement).

  • Bradley Karas

    70 down and 25 up in Tampa outside…inside buildings on band 12 more like 15-22 down and 8 up…that works for just about anything I need including Netflix

    • Mike

      Im getting speeds 100Mbps down, 30Mbps up in Lake county IL and Kenosha County WI

      • Bradley Karas

        Interesting considering Chicago doesn’t have wideband LTE

        • Mike

          They do! it was announced in June. Im sure the speeds i see in Kenosha county are still while connected to a tower along the border. Chicago has 15×15 and they shut down HSPA in band 4.

        • Mike
        • Bradley Karas

          Interesting…Milwaukee only has a 5mhz bandwidth so must be Chicago towers

      • Bradley Karas

        Neither does Milwaukee

  • slybacon

    101 Mbps down, 50 Mbps up in Bellevue, WA, iPhone 6, inside Applebee’s.

    • Hiro

      Is that the one on Bel-Red? I used to work there. I always got good TMo service in that area.

    • Trevnerdio

      113 down, 30ish up in Panama City, FL, Note Edge, inside Noodle House ;)

  • slybacon

    It doesn’t show which network you are using, does it? I don’t see who your provider is…

  • Hiro

    At my house in SW Florida, when I’m on LTE I get 8-20 Mbps (usually on the lower end) however outside is 20’s, sometimes 30’s. But half the time it’s 4G, not LTE (which is 4-8 range usually)

    At my work, however, I get 40-115 Mbps (usually 40’s and 50’s, but I’ll get triple digits often enough too) outside, and inside the giant concrete building known as Costco, I’m still getting 30-50 Mbps.

    iPhone 6 Plus.

  • Jefski

    Myrtle Beach SC 28dl, 15up

    • On 850, AWS or PCS?

      • Does TMUS run LTE in band 5 in SC? With 20MHz in AWS available to it in SC, I’d have thought that it used band 5 for legacy 2G…

        • Yes. The Grand Strand region is the only place in the US in which T-Mobile uses Band 5 for its coverage of both its 2G and LTE networks.

  • AngusMightHaveABeef

    I get 5-10% of the speeds mentioned here at the best of times. From home I’m often <1Mbps.

    • Romdude

      Ouch, you are very patient, if I were you, I’d try out the other networks and use the one that works best for you. It’s just in my area, t-mobile is the best for the price.

  • Not again

    Has anyone cleared this through the down detector?

  • eanfoso

    3.96 Down, 9.6 up, Beaumont TX

  • J-Hop2o6

    South Seattle area – up to 80mbps (D) : up to 40mbps (U). I’ve seen higher speeds in Seattle from other reports/speedtests..

  • Mike

    100Mbps down, up to 30Mbps up. In the Chicagoland area.

  • Stu

    2.83 Mbps download 10.67 Mbps upload
    Downtown Pittsburgh
    Its not usually this fast this time of day

  • Jeff Fandl

    Average down 4.5 Mbps, 1.5Mbps Up. HTC One M8 with LTE. A lot of times I have an LTE signal but data throughput is extremely low and often times out. Even with 20-30 ASU (4-5 bars) signal strength. Seems the network is saturated. (S. Florida, West Broward county) I have gotten as high as 31 down and 7 up when I have over 50 ASU near a tower. Just very inconsistent across S. Florida.
    Just drove from Florida to Virginia, had much faster 4G/LTE speeds while on the road. Beats S Florida hands down!

  • Avrohom

    I need a steady signal. Not switching from 2g to 4g to LTE depending on which side of the street I am on. Verizon was not good and very expensive, but better than Sprint (which I used before). They all have dead spots all over the metro NY area. I have switched to T-mobile, and they have dead spots too, but compensate by having wifi calling at home and at work. To me this information is useless, because connections are so shaky. Using LTE discovery tells me how bad the coverage really is. On the other hand I just got much better reception in my home, and wonder if another band 12 antenna came online somewhere in the area.

  • Mike

    My speeds are great in northern IL http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/i/1331697720

  • Fuuuuuuuuu

    Western suburbs of Chicago. Regularly see around 60 down, about 30 up. Indoors. These speeds + true unlimited plan = best carrier experience I’ve ever had, hands down.

  • Romdude

    44.41 down and 12.60 up in downtown Honolulu, indoors

  • Glenn

    I’m getting just under 60 down, and about 10 up in Lawrence, Kansas. Got nearly identical results in Glenwood Springs, Colorado while on vacation recently.