New report says T-Mobile had fastest average LTE speeds in the U.S. at the end of 2017


Today OpenSignal gave us an update on how AT&T and Verizon’s networks have been faring one year after launching unlimited data plans, and there’s some T-Mobile news sprinkled in there, too.

OpenSignal reports that while AT&T and Verizon saw their LTE download speeds decrease in the months after launching unlimited plans, those speeds began to stabilize near the end of 2017. Verizon’s speeds even began to creep back up. However, AT&T and Verizon’s LTE download speeds near the end of 2017 were considerably slower than they were at the start of 2017.


Meanwhile, T-Mobile saw its LTE download speeds grow for much of 2017. T-Mo had the fastest LTE download speeds among the big four U.S. carriers at the end of 2017, according to OpenSignal, offering average LTE download speeds of around 19Mbps. To compare, Verizon’s average LTE download speed at the end of 2017 was 16Mbps, AT&T’s was around 12.5Mbps, and Sprint’s was a little below 12Mbps.

T-Mobile likes to talk about how the LTE download speeds of AT&T and Verizon fell after they began offering unlimited plans early last year, and this OpenSignal report will give T-Mo more to ammo to use against its competition. OpenSignal plans to share more of its data about U.S. networks in a new State of Mobile Network: USA report soon, so stay tuned for that.

Source: OpenSignal

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  • Clippers FANactic

    Hard to believe, been with TMobile since 2013 and have experienced a steady decline. Zip Code 93534

    • Sean sorlie

      I can confirm your experience is far from the norm. I had 20MBPS 2 years ago and now i am testing above 80… This is similar in other cities i have been to. Does your experience change outside that area?

      • StevenM

        Device strongly affects download speed too. My LG Stylo and my Galaxy S8 have a huge difference in network performance.

        • Clippers FANactic

          LG G5 user

        • StevenM

          Partially explains. It doesn’t have either 256QAM or 4×4 MIMO so you won’t benefit from recent “gigabit” network improvements.

        • Clippers FANactic

          What budget phones have these capabilities?

      • Clippers FANactic

        Pretty much the entire Antelope Valley suffers from speed loss. So many Metro PCS and New customers taking bandwidth?

  • juniyvy225

    Chicago 60641 60639 60647 60707 No changes horrible speed It’s hard to believe that. There getting paid by T-Mobile to say that.

    • bkat11

      Was getting 140 down and 35 up in a packed Wrigley Field July 4 weekend and all around Wrigleyville…iPhone user?

    • Trevnerdio

      Large sample size there, I see. 4 out of 43,000 zip codes.

    • Clippers FANactic

      Yup I feel the pain, speeds have gone down dramatically, unless you’re using your phone at 2am then speeds are above 3mps. Lol

  • Jason Caprio

    Looks like Sprint is barely hanging in there. I’m surprised Verizon hasn’t sued Sprint for saying their service is a 1% difference lol

    • eanfoso

      That’s not what sprint claims, they claim 1% based on reliability (call drops, text messages sent, data loss) not on speeds, which is where they always lose. I’m happy for them, they’re now at almost twice the speed in which they started the year at.

    • bkat11

      Naw I love these little advertising wars between them…got us a 50GB deprioritisation limit! Keep the claims coming!!!

  • FryChickenIsha

    I love my service with T-mobile. ❤️ I hope 2018 is another great year for T-mobile. I can’t wait to try their new TV service.

  • zeiferx

    before all the fan boys jump me i will say this. Been in tmobile for over 15 years, ive seen the evolution.
    But what good does fast speeds do if your service its not reliable. I run up and down NJ every day and reliability is not good. call failures, call drops, VoLTE quality sucks, among other things. i run a Small business and for reliability we also have Verizon which does not have any of this issues. i will like to see tmobile start paying attention to these things before we get into the 5g BS and all that stuff, make the network trust worthy

    • Spanky

      You’ve answered my question. T-Mobile always touts speed, but never really discusses their geographic coverage footprint. I would love to give T-Mobile a chance, but I just don’t trust them to deliver the coverage. Sure, the perks are nice, as is the fast speed. Unfortunately, none of those things matter when you get the dreaded “No Service” message.

      • Sharti24

        They need to bring back “test drive”. Give out an iphone 6s for 2 weeks and let people try out the network. That was a great idea in the past

        • zeiferx

          that was just a way to get customers in the door. with all the promos they had it was tempting to switch but no one was willing to take a leap of faith just to have to switch back. Now that they are settle in the 3 spots, adding customers and the other carriers also offer unlimited is just not good business. If you notice none of the latest “un-carrier” move have been really big but they’ve been just enough to keep the noise abt tmo going .

      • zeiferx

        Actually, Coverage is very good, the problem is that its not reliable, what you might see on your bars is not what you get sometimes.
        Over the past 2 years i’ve seen places go from edge/No service to LTE, service has improve a lot but still has a long way to go before you have a steady good experience thru the network like you usually do on verizon.

    • vinnyjr

      I run a construction company and run up and down the coasts from Mass to NY, I get fantastic coverage & speeds. I use to keep Verizon as back up, dropped Verizon, Don’t need them. T-Mobile is faster, stronger signal, never drop calls, I notice most people complaining about T-Mobile are lying because they don’t even use them or just out of ignorance‼️ T-Mobile has great coverage, those that say opposite probably don’t use T-Mobile as their Carrier ‼️ Thank You T-Mobile, Thank You John Legere‼️‼️

  • Fabian Cortez

    The carrier with the least amount of spectrum is still first while the carrier with the most amount of spectrum is still dead last.


    • Sharti24

      No cash to deploy it