T-Mobile has fastest Download Speed Experience in new OpenSignal report

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Just a couple of days after T-Mobile took the speed crown in Ookla’s latest test results, T-Mo has posted the fastest download speed in another report.

OpenSignal has released its latest State of Mobile Networks report for the U.S., and T-Mobile barely edged out Verizon for fastest download speed experience. T-Mo’s speed was 21.1Mbps, while Verizon’s posted speed was 20.9. Rounding out the top four was AT&T with a download speed of 17.8Mbps and Sprint with a download speed of 13.9Mbps.

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Verizon finished slightly ahead of T-Mobile in two other categories. In Upload Speed Experience, Verizon’s speed was 7Mbps while T-Mo’s was 6.7Mbps. AT&T and Sprint trailed with 4.6Mbps and 2.4Mbps, respectively. And when it comes to 4G availability, OpenSignal found that Verizon customers have a 4G signal 94.2 percent of the time while T-Mobile customers have a 4G signal 94 percent of the time.

Finally, AT&T had the lowest latency in OpenSignal’s report with 57.8 milliseconds, while T-Mobile’s was 60.6, Verizon’s was 62.6, and Sprint’s was 70. Verizon came first in the Video Experience category with a score of 52.1 out of 100 and T-Mobile came in second with 48.8 points. Sprint finished third with 43.3 points and AT&T came fourth with 42.5 points. The Video Experience category takes into account factors like loading time, stalling during playback, and the level of resolution supported when streaming video.

When compiling this report, OpenSignal gathered data from more than 10 billion measurements conducted by more than 1 million devices. The data was collected between September 16 and December 14, 2018.

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Here’s what T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray had to say about this OpenSignal report:

“When wireless companies compete to provide the best experience in the country, customers win. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – there is no longer a tradeoff between network performance and value in the wireless industry and the days of Verizon’s unchallenged network leadership are long gone. And, as the report says, “the battle between Verizon and T-Mobile is far from over.”

In this same report last year, T-Mobile nearly swept the categories, winning them all but the Latency category. Things are different this year, with Verizon making improvements to its network to capture most of OpenSignal’s categories this time around. Despite not winning a single category outright, T-Mo did edge out Verizon when it comes to download speeds and came very close in most other categories. So while it may not look like T-Mobile did great when you’re just looking at these OpenSignal awards, diving down into the results shows that T-Mo did still perform well.

You can check out the full OpenSignal report, including analysis of many major metro areas, at the link below.

Source: OpenSignal

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  • Iphart

    Who cares, the problem is their coverage is super spotty.

    • JJ

      It all depends on where you live. Just like every other provider. If you travel then yes, many times verizon is the best option. But if tmobile works for you then the option is clear. After leaving verizon and using tmobile i am not going back anytime soon.

  • Joe2050

    I would like to see them providing the best Coverage and less Congestion nationwide. I don’t care there the fastest.

    • slybacon

      Less congestion means faster speeds.

      • SirStephenH

        Yeah, congestion and speed are actually tied together.

  • Jay Holm

    I want tri-band carrier aggregation deployed on ALL cell towers!!! If tri-band/qyadquad- carrier aggegation were deployed at every cell tower, speeds would be even more amazing.

    • g2a5b0e

      Are you going to pay for it too?

      I say that not to be facetious, but realistically, for what you’re for asking for, you better foot the bill for the entire thing or expect to pay a ton more monthly.

      • Sharti24

        I wonder how verizons 3ca, 4×4 mimo and 256 qam rollout compares to tmobiles

        • Jason Caprio

          From my own personal experience using SignalCheck Pro on my phone. EVERY SINGLE TOWER on Verizon is running Band 4, Band 2, and Band 13, even out in rural areas. A very large amount are also running supplemental band 66 (shows up as Band 3 but thats an Android error) and band 5. Verizon’s speeds have tripled over the last year or so. CDMA will by gone by the end of 2019 and every single tower will also have Band 5 at that time.

        • Sharti24

          I said this multiple times before on this site.

          Until every cell tower has low band 600/700mhz AND either a high/mid band 2100/1900mhz mixture, tmobile will not compete with Verizon or Att on coverage/speeds.

          I’ve seen too many towers in rural Ohio have only 1900mhz 5mhz LTE. Those towers were the ones that were converted from 2G Edge to LTE for a quick deployment. Thats doing it on the cheap and speeds are now suffering. Tmobile needs to replace those antennas with up to date equipment.

          Heck, even Sprint put out 2 years ago that every cell site will have all 3 frequencies 2500/1900/800.

          Thats what tmobile needs to do to every tower

        • Jason Caprio

          Yep, the Band 2 only areas of T-Mobile are horrible. Non-existent indoor coverage and pathetic speeds.

        • Sharti24

          Does your pixel do esim? You should get a mint sim and run dual networks

        • Jason Caprio

          I’d also like to add, T-Mobile uses what I perceive as a “sloppy” method of implementing their carrier aggregation. For example, at any given time, when I check my SignalCheck app, lets say I’m connected to Physical Cell ID (PCI) 439 with. B = Band

          Connected to 439 B2 (Verizon)
          Neighboring Cells
          439 B4
          439 B13
          439 B5

          With T-Mobile, back when I had my old Galaxy Note 5, it would show different PCI for each band. Like Band 4 would be on PCI 388, Band 2 on PCI 274, and Band 13 on PCI 145 (throwing out random numbers)

          This leads me to believe that T-Mobile is using CA between multiple towers, as opposed to the same tower giving you all 3 frequencies. This is why more often than not, you’ll get no CA, or maybe 2 or 3 depending on where you are.

        • SirStephenH

          That’s in areas where T-Mobile has more contiguous spectrum in band 2 than band 4 so it deployed LTE on band 2 instead of 4. If T-Mobile would just shutdown 3G (UMTS, HSPA+) already then this wouldn’t be a problem.

        • mikeZo6

          Tmo can FIX but they don’t look how easy they boost Super Bowl Staduims… they have NO MONEY to fix congestion

        • SirStephenH

          “Until every cell tower has low band 600/700mhz AND either a high/mid band 2100/1900mhz mixture, tmobile will not compete with Verizon or Att on coverage/speeds.”

          Except that T-Mobile has beaten AT&T and is virtually tied with Verizon…

        • Sharti24

          Drive through some rural states (on major highways) and get back to me. Ie Nebraska and WV. Enjoy no singal on your trip

        • KOLIO

          THX for the info regarding the Band 3/66 weirdness:
          I’m on T-Mobile & saw that on my Razer Phone & IIRC,the Xiaomi BlackShark.
          At 1st,I thought it was related to the T-Mobile Cel-Fi in my house,perhaps it did,I can’t recall if it persisted w/o using it.

  • mikeZo6

    Tmo STOP blowing ur on horn (yourselves) and work on HUGH CONGESTION PROBLEM update ALL towers same way u do at super bowl STADIUMS then CONGESTION WOULD BE GONE.

    • Sharti24

      And shutdown 3G hspa

  • steveb944

    As soon as they beat everyone, technology changes. Great.

  • Glenn Gore

    If I was these carriers, I would be horribly embarrassed with these numbers, considering what they were promising with the advent of LTE almost 10 years ago and considering what LTE is capable of. Heck, for T-Mobile, “4G”/HSPA is capable of these numbers, and LTE is capable of MUCH higher numbers. Anyone who thinks there will be some sort of quantum leap in data rates with 5G is living in a fantasy world. If these numbers are the best they can output after 10 years of LTE deployment, backhaul upgrades, carrier aggregation, you name it, then there isn’t much hope for 5G in 10 years.

    • Jason Caprio

      While I agree with what you are saying, you have to understand that you are usually not the only person connected to a cell phone tower. Total bandwidth needs to be divided evenly between all people connected, with Quality Of Service (QOS) rules in place for prioritization as well. You’re never going to get 100% of the bandwidth of a cell phone tower.

      • Glenn Gore

        Of course, I understand that, but the division of data capability amongst devices that are using a particular site is mitigated by data delivery protocols so that each user will receive almost what is theoretically available from that site. It is a similar method to what is used for cable modem service, where little rapid-fire bursts of data are sent out to each device making it seem like that device has an exclusive connection when in reality the stream is being shared to multiple devices, and yet each device can claim almost the limit of what the site is capable of. It is a very complicated delivery method but it works really well.

        I get on average around 14 Mbps from my local T-Mobile site, which is halfway between two towns, serving both from this one site, quite usable, no complaints, really. This site is part of a chain of 10 sites connected together via microwave links from one site where the backhaul connection is located. That site is 50 miles away even though there is fiber available at T-Mobile’s site here that other carriers on the tower use. T-Mobile are using Band 71 here, it was one of the first in the US where they installed it, and in this license area T-Mobile owns 30 Mhz of that Band 71 spectrum. My travels for work take me to most of the towns served by this string of sites and 14 Mbps is about as high as I have ever seen. With that amount of spectrum bandwidth at their disposal, it is apparent to me that they are not using it to its full capability, putting out the bare minimum for a good customer experience. Other carriers on this same tower, Verizon and AT&T, are offering around 80 Mbps, much better, yet LTE is capable of much better than that. My contention is that carriers, I don’t really care who they are, should use their spectrum to its full capability and install adequate backhaul to support those capabilities.

      • Jay Holm

        Umm,..thats why carrier aggregation is so important! What Glen is saying is LTE needs to be deployed to it’s FULL POTENTIAL!!!

    • mikeZo6

      AMEN

  • mikeZo6

    Lets face it Tmo will NEVER BEAT VERIZON cause Vzw has money and Tmo has chump change, that’s the FACTS $$$ = Best NETWORK sorry but the truth

    • SirStephenH

      Funny… T-Mobile went from far behind to a dead heat with Verizon and beating it’s more monied competitor AT&T in only a few years. Seems like the trend will prove you wrong.

      • mikeZo6

        Funny… if Vzw wanted an all 5G killer network they could do it hands down but they all play the GAME of who’s better EVERYONE feeds in to it.

    • Ascertion

      The issue with T-Mobile is that they don’t have other sources of revenue; only mobile.

      Verizon has ISP services and other products they sell to raise revenue that allows the network to be invested in further. T-Mobile has done very well, given their resources.

    • purgeiscoming

      LOL! Ignorance is bliss. You literally have no idea of what you’re talking about. How about you sit down and review spectrum holdings and utilization before you run your mouth?

  • mikeZo6

    Maybe ? Look Sprint is BROKE so Tmo has no real $$$ only benefit is Sprint has ton of spectrum but with NO MONEY Tmo can’t use it cause Tmo will upgrade tower the cheap way like they been.

  • Kevin Wu

    How fast you connect to the data will depend on how much you are paying. If you are paying for premium plan, you will be top prority. There shouldn’t be any complaint with congestion. The user complaining how slow the network is are the one paying for cheaper plans. The speed chart in this story is almost meaningless due to prioritization.