T-Mobile posts fastest 4G LTE speeds in U.S. for 20th straight quarter, says 600MHz in 2,700 cities


T-Mobile has a streak of coming out on top in Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence reports, and today it’s been confirmed that that streak has continued for another quarter.

Ookla says that T-Mobile had the fastest 4G LTE data speeds for the fourth quarter of 2018, making that the 20th straight quarter that T-Mo has had the speediest data speeds according to Ookla data. For Q4 2018, T-Mobile posted an average 4G LTE download speed of 33.4Mbps and an average 4G LTE upload speed of 12.1Mbps.

To compare, Verizon came in second with a download speed of 32.1Mbps and an upload speed of 10.3Mbps, and AT&T finished third with a download speed of 30.6Mbps and an upload speed of 8.2Mbps. Sprint rounded things out with a download speed of 27.7Mbps and an upload speed of 3.5Mbps.


T-Mobile also dropped the news today that its 600MHz Extended Range LTE coverage is now available in more than 2,700 cities and towns in 43 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. That’s up from 1,500 cities and towns in 37 stats and Puerto Rico from back in October.

600MHz is a big deal to T-Mobile. It first flipped the switch on its 600MHz LTE coverage in August 2017, with Cheyenne, Wyoming being the first city to get it. Since then, T-Mo has been working to aggressively to supplement its LTE coverage with the 600MHz airwaves, which reach farther and are better at penetrating buildings than mid-band LTE. T-Mobile currently offers nearly 30 devices with support for 600MHz LTE. And looking ahead, T-Mo plans to use 600MHz spectrum for its 5G network, which is expected to have nationwide coverage in 2020.

Also of note is that T-Mobile has rolled out LTE Advanced technologies in more than 6,000 cities and towns in the U.S. These technologies included carrier aggregation, 4×4 MIMO, and 256 QAM, and they help to boost LTE speeds for devices that support them.

Finally, T-Mobile today said that it ranked highest in Overall Customer Satisfaction and Likelihood to Recommend through all of 2018, according to consumer opinion tracker HarrisX Mobile Insights.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Sharti24

    Anyword when they’re shutting down 4G HSPA?

    • Phil7474

      I hope never. When lte is poor I fall back on hspa+ and get good speed

      • Robert Roll

        that’s because everyone’s device is on LTE and not HSPA+

      • mikeZo6

        agreed Tmo LTE is poor Alot too many subscribers for Tmo too handle, they NEVER thought in a million years they would be 3rd carrier

        • Sharti24

          If they shutdown hspa that spectrum would be allocated towards LTE making it faster than it currently is

        • mikeZo6


  • mikeZo6

    Tmo has Nothing to be PROUD of cause DL 33.4 UL 16.9 sucks COMPARED too what TMOBILE always saying their SPEEDS are MUCH MUCH HIGH.
    Im a LONG LONG time Tmo customer BUT STOP the BS Tmo.


    • Darryl Woodbury

      I average 100+ upload, 45 download speeds. Even during congestion, I’m still averaging 50+ upload, 20+ download speeds. I have no issues with T-Mobile.

    • g2a5b0e

      All those caps really help to get your point across. THANK YOU.

    • Jason

      Yeah… Was that English?

      • mikeZo6

        Yes can you Read?

    • Jose Hernandez

      Well, in central Florida I always get 50+ down minimum and about 20+ up. I guess it depends on your area and what phone you may be using.

    • mckillio

      What phone do you have?

  • Ash

    Did a speed test a few days ago near Westley, CA and speeds are amazing /s. Full bars and LTE and I was getting 112ms ping, 0.36 down, 0.50 up. Did test multiple times to confirm and speeds were similar. T-Mobile has the best deals and support but their coverage, or rather, lack of coverage and fake coverage is ridiculous. Most of central California around I-5 is like this. Also building penetration is almost non existent in these areas where truckers are in constant need of coverage.

    • mikeZo6

      Wow so West coast and East coast get HORRIBLE SPEEDS
      Tmobile definitely does NOT RECORD horrible speed test only GOOD one that TMO for u ! Forgot in building I do not even except my TMOBILE SERVICE to WORK

    • marque2

      I more around a lot, and generally have had good luck with Tmobile reception, but when I don’t, like my current apartment – it is horrendous. Seems like Tucson, AZ is a Tmobile ghost town in general. To their credit though, they have really boosted Phoenix, I was up there this weekend and hotels where I used to have to pray for signal now had incredible reception.

  • i get 150-200Mbps consistently with 0utstanding service, and have been for years. T-Mobile works incredibly well all the places i go, Absolutely no complaints.

    • Iphart

      Does your phone have 600MHZ?

  • HiroFromUSA

    In parts of both Fort Myers and Estero, FL ive been getting as high as 220 Mbps since December. More consistently throughout the area, 50-150 Mbps.

    I also got over 200 Mbps uplink yesterday, and several uplink speeds of 150 Mbps. Looking forward to those kind of speeds being more wide spread!

  • Francisco Peña

    Don’t come down the street behind the mall in town. barely get 1Mbps up.

  • James Smith

    Lol. Fastest maybe when you can get a signal (which is still a problem).
    I wonder how much Neville paid Ookla for these results.

  • Francisco Peña

    Does it matter? I could be a youtube blogger for all you know. Either way, as I reread my comment, that should have been down, not up, although the times I get that low or lower down, my up is barely registering via Ookla’s speedtest.

    There are several spots around town that without fail, have no signal. 10 houses down, along a curve before my house, it cuts for 3-5 houses.
    Behind the mall in the area along a heavily travelled road, its a slow crawl.

    I will say compared to Verizon, when I had it, when TMo is fast, it was faster than Verizon (I used a phone capable of both carriers just switched sims). Some areas are better, some worse. At work, I can consistently pull a signal, unlike Verizon that didn’t. Which is the big reason I switched, plus lower bill.

    • slybacon

      Haha that’s why I asked. Seemed like uploads were important to you. Sorry you live in a poor speed/reception area. Email John with information (not criticism) and you will get a response. I always get phone calls within a day or two and they ask a few more questions and then reach out to their engineering team in that area. They have provided me with useful info and even their upgrade plans and maps.

      • Francisco Peña

        I have. Same “we are working to upgrade your area and will look into it” comments.