T-Mobile has fastest LTE speeds in latest Ookla report

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T-Mobile has performed well in Ookla’s recent speed test reports, and that trend continues again today.

T-Mobile has come out on top in Ookla’s speed test report for Q1 2018, marking the 17th straight quarter that Ookla has named T-Mo’s 4G LTE network the fastest in the U.S. For Q1 2018, T-Mobile put up an average LTE download speed of 32.1Mbps and an average LTE upload speed of 12.0Mbps.

Neville Ray, T-Mobile’s CTO, says that T-Mo’s LTE download speed has gone up 30 percent year-over-year.

To compare, Verizon came in second in Ookla’s report with an average LTE download speed of 29.7Mbps and an average LTE upload speed of 9.8Mbps. AT&T came in third with 25.8Mbps and 7.9Mbps download and upload LTE speeds, respectively, while Sprint finished fourth with an average LTE download speed of 23.8Mbps and an average LTE upload speed of 3.3Mbps.

How are the T-Mobile download and upload speeds in your neck of the woods?

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • Greg Victor

    In the sunset park neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY I’m averaging 135 Mbps down and 25 Mbps up on my unlocked S9+.

    • Sean sorlie

      that is legit!

    • Iphart

      Outdoors, of course.

      • Greg Victor

        Those speeds are in my apartment. Outdoors i get a little more on the download side.

        • Iphart

          And you are sure those are not your WiFi speeds!

        • Greg Victor

          I’m sure…. TMobile has come along way!

        • Iphart

          I know, I was kidding. Look above see what I get at work.

        • Greg Victor

          At work i get around 10 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up.

    • bkat11

      I get that in my building at work

  • George Salcedo

    Cerritos CA 90703 has been a big bowl of suck, 0.5 on the average at the workplace for over 9 years now.

  • Iphart

    At my workplace I use to get 0.25 to 1.5 Mbps two years ago. Now I get 6-10 Mbps and I am ok with it for the $500-700 savings/year I get vs. the other 2 carriers.

    • bkat11

      Indoors in a solid brick building is like that just due to band 12 not having a ton a bandwidth

  • Bill Burbage

    I usually average around 80 Mbps download and about the same upload. Except for with March Madness and the start of the baseball season I hit the 50GB threshold so now I’m being throttled. Zero complaints!

  • B-Mobile

    at home without my 4G LTE CellSpot i get just over 1 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up (rebooted my network equipment yesterday) with the CellSpot connected i get around 70Mbps down and 10Mbps up which is more or less the same you get on wifi connected to 2.4ghz on my comcast network

    So technically that’s Comcast’s service being dressed up as T-Mobile signal

    • bkat11

      I got news for you…all carriers use broadband services for their backhaul. ALL OF THEM

  • savage25rcracer

    This was a screenshot from Nov. from my phone. I now peak around 206down and 45-50up. LG G6

    https://imgur.com/a/hzbUa

    • Phil7474

      Nice, during peak hours to.

    • slybacon

      What area do you live in?

  • The Pool Man

    Some months ago T Mobile said they have something disruptive in the works regarding Cable TV/Streaming TV. I think many read this to mean their own Hulu or Netflix or YouTubeTV. My dream is that this was a slight misdirection.

    What I really want is for them to announce is proclaim my home Wifi as redundant. That in certain markets they’ll invite you to unplug your home wifi altogether in exchange for a more reasonably priced T Mobile service.

    Currently I have Spectrum and although the service is reliable they keep raising prices. Because they can. I’m up to $65 a month. They think it’s okay to keep raising prices because, well, that merger with Time Warner. I consider it greedy as hell.

    I’d love it if T-Mobile offered $30 a month. But did something funny. You’d buy a sort of ‘hub’ device in the house which did a funny thing each night. It would download your favorite shows from the next day on your ‘hub’ and unlock them for viewing at the appropriate times. This would allow the network to be less clogged with people trying to stream this stuff during prime time. It would already be there.

    Not as convenient as a full blown wifi provider, but half the price.

    • Sharti24

      Tmobile already offers unlimited wifi hotspot tethering for $25 extra per month if you’re on their one phone line plan.

      And i agree with you in spectrum. Currently they only offer 1 tier of internet speed, 100mbps for $65. With TWC you could choose your speeds which was nice if you dont need the high data speeds. It Sounds like you got screwed over. I was grand fathered into my ELP internet for $20 a month. It gets me 3 mbps which does the job for mostly everything. If i need to download large files I use my tmobile hotspot

      • The Pool Man

        I live in condos. Which means there’s a good chance I might start splitting wifi with the neighbor. Who is ALSO paying $65 a month.

    • BobbieDooley

      You’re describing something that first, is likely to be hacked, and also would be infringing on Tivo patents.

      Secondly, I don’t think there’s enough available bandwidth in the world for IPTV to compete with broadcast tv. I’ve recently read FCC complaints where telephone companies are advertising gigabit speed over fiber to the house but customers can only get 1/2 to 1/4 the advertised speeds during prime-time. In those networks, the phone company decided to cut corners and save 20% by rolling out GPON fiber instead of dedicated fiber.
      Cable is a different animal. New technology just developed is showing that the effective speeds over coax is actually faster than fiber, in addition to offering 100 to 200 HD broadcast channels.

    • SirStephenH

      The disruptive thing that T-Mobile was referring to was their purchase of Layer3. This has been known for months.

      • The Pool Man

        I never a saw thing. Dang. My plan is way better. I’ll keep my YouTubeTV for now.

    • AA-Ron

      That’s a pretty cool idea

      • The Pool Man

        SSH below indicates that Layer3 has been revealed for some months. My problem is I don’t see how it is anything but a pricey alternative to YouTubeTV for instance. Which means it wouldn’t disrupt a sleeping lion.

        Now if Layer3 and 5G are going to be thing, perhaps it will do kinda like what I’m talking about.

  • HelpStupidPeople

    Cherry pick locations or avoid known poor coverage area and presto we’re Number one in speed. Nothing to see over there.

    • BobbieDooley

      Technically, Ookla allows companies to put these Speedtest servers in a company’s switch or data center.

      • yankeesusa

        The server doesn’t affect the speed of the current tower that you are testing speed on too much. That’s not a major factor. If that’s the case then run the speedtest built into the google search to compare.

        • Yonatan Ben Magen

          better yet be a data point for/against your carrier and use opensignal app as it is an aggregator and not owned by a carrier or HSI provider (i.e. Comcast / Speedtest)

    • vinnyjr

      Wrong, no locations are cherry picked. These are random picked locations. FACT

      • HelpStupidPeople

        Capitals make it true? Too funny… it’s always location, location,location …Jr

      • Yonatan Ben Magen

        Agreed both Ookla and Open Signal are aggregators of test results from end users of the big four carriers, and compile the test results.

        I do find it odd so many T-mo haters are trolling the Tmonews blog, but I agree when I head to the coast or get to far from major interstates in sparsely populated states coverage suffers.

        That with all the new bands and freq. T-mom is rolling out it should help with dealing with building penetration and rural signal.

        With my S8 I regularly get 60-100 mbps speeds, while a buddy with a Note 5 standing next to me can’t get the same bands or speeds.

        Never thought I would be a fan of a carrier, but T-mom has impressed me since I returned last June.

    • yankeesusa

      If you say so. All i know is that whether i’m in the boonies or in a major city “where i live” have been amazing. 3 of my family members on verizon always laughed at tmobile for the shoddy coverage years ago and for a while i could only get coverage with verizon. But that has changed. Now all those family members switched to tmobile this year and their coverage is great and speeds are amazing. All i can say is that it all depends in the area you live in. No reason to get into a childish debate on what is better.

      • HelpStupidPeople

        Yet here you are, I agree location as I posted. I want service where I live, work, and play. I tried Tmo last week, home 2 mb Verizon 65mb work Tmo o no service in building, Verizon 50 to 85, up skiing in mountains Tmo E some one bar LTE 2mb displayed Verizon 45mb, I did hit pockets of great coverage with Tmo but it was like Swiss cheese in coverage. I live in a county with over a million people so not in the sticks. Tmo isn’t anybody’s sister just another company making a buck. Watching some of the responses defending carriers is great for laughs.

        • yankeesusa

          Yes, here i am responding to a comment. Not getting into a debate. I’m glad that verizon suits you better. In that case then keep using the service that works best for you. Hopefully tmobile is a work phone and you’re not paying for it just to run speedtests and compare both services.

        • HelpStupidPeople

          I switched to Tmobile from Verizon and tested both for a week with another Verizon work phone. I wanted it to work but it didn’t so back to Verizon. With my Military discount Beyond Unlimited costs me $74.98 incl tax. So it wasn’t to save money, I like the disruption. Your posts are ok until the last sentence then a girly back slap. Lol

        • Jason

          Where do you live? We’ll find out if you’re lying (likely) or telling the truth. Never try to play it too cute by half on here ;-) You dont need me to ask you where you live next time. Answer and then try harder next time.

        • HelpStupidPeople

          I think you need to get over yourself acting like a forum interrogator. Or to put it another way GFYS :)

    • James Smith

      Ookla doesn’t factor in 0 mbps (ie: No service) which happens a lot on Tea Mobile.

    • Jason

      This is Ookla aka Speedtest app data. They dont cherry pick anything. Its a straight carrier average of app users.

  • James Smith

    Too bad their coverage is still horrible.

    • Sharti24

      Only in rural areas

      • James Smith

        Oh its still pretty bad indoors in a lot of urban areas as well.

        • Jason

          No it’s not. At least not here.

        • Bo Kimble

          It’s awful in downtown Pittsburgh. I have to shut off LTE during the week in downtown just to use the service.

        • Sharti24

          So you switch your phone to HSPA? What phone are you using

        • Bo Kimble

          iPhone X.

          Get 3-4 MBPS on HSPA. Its a joke!

        • James Smith

          Where are all of these places where T-Mobile works better indoors than Verizon? I never seem to be able to find one. /s

    • Greg Dalin

      the problem is that, no carrier is perfect everywhere, just cause where you at is poor indoors, doesnt mean its HORRIBLE to everyone.

      • James Smith

        Yeah well I travel for a living and overall T-Mobile’s coverage is poor.

  • Jay Holm

    If 3x carrier aggregation we’re deployed on every cell tower speeds would be a ton faster!

  • pda96

    At the moment, coverage is still better than speed. Keep working on your coverage, TMO!

  • The Borg

    Not worried about speed, GAPS GAPS GAPS! I’m still carrying a paper weight when my buddy is talking on his Verizon phone, and yes I have a 600 and 700mhz phone!

    • James Smith

      For your sanity’s sake I would switch to Verizon. I was a T-Mobile die-hard for a few years and was apprehensive about switching to Verizon at first, but when I switched I was sure glad I did. Coverage everywhere where T-Mobile to this day has zero.

      I just got tired of hearing a bunch of broken promises about 700, and now 600. My service works today on Verizon, not maybe 3 years from now.

      • Plow Rox

        Enjoy your new carrier, now kindly leave the room. :P