T-Mobile puts up improved Speed Score in new Ookla report on U.S. mobile networks


Ookla today released its latest report on the state of mobile networks in the U.S., and T-Mobile has improved its network since last year’s report.

In its mobile network performance report, Ookla gave T-Mobile a Speed Score of 30.94. That’s up from 27.86 one year ago and the second best score in the report, trailing only AT&T with a score of 32.91. Ookla’s Speed Score measures download and upload speeds to rank network performance.

The report goes on to note that T-Mobile has “expanded its LTE footprint at a furious pace” thanks to its 600MHz spectrum and its network team.


T-Mobile earned an 86.9 percent Acceptable Speed Ratio from Ookla, which measures what percent of a carrier’s downloads are 5Mbps or higher. That’s right behind Verizon and its 87.3 percent ASR. T-Mo also came in second for LTE Time Spent, with customers on LTE 91.2 percent of the time. T-Mobile finished third in 4G Availability Outside of Competitive Geographies, wiht 96.4 percent availability.

Finally, Ookla measures the Speed Score each carrier put up on two flagship devices, the Galaxy S10+ and iPhone XS Max. T-Mobile’s Galaxy S10+ put up a Speed Score of 44.02 and the iPhone’s Speed Score was 34.95, both of which were good for second place behind AT&T.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray today issued a statement on Ookla’s report, saying, “The carriers want us to believe there’s a trade-off between network quality and price, but these studies show that’s not true any longer. T-Mobile’s network is the only one to provide meaningful performance in every category, going toe-to-toe with the big guys while they fluctuate wildly from one measure to the next.”

While T-Mo may not have come out on top in Ookla’s Speed Score like it did last year, it did improve its score by three points. That shows that the network continues to get better, which is important.

The full Ookla report is available at the link below, complete with info on the fastest carrier and best LTE availability in many major cities. T-Mobile was the fastest in cities like Atlanta, Buffalo, Omaha, and Miami.

Source: Ookla

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  • riverhorse

    Funny that. We don’t get at&t trolls here, only V’s.

    • Acdc1a

      Have you had the misfortune of using AT&T? It’s pretty bad across the board.

      • riverhorse

        I’m wondering how they pulled off these #1 results…
        you’d think some area must be enjoying good numbers, and thus someone would be boasting on here.

        • Acdc1a

          I’m guessing over sampling in AT&T strongholds. My experience with AT&T is less than stellar. I made the mistake of taking a corporate discount and leaving T-Mobile for a few months just last year.

        • riverhorse

          Sorry to hear that. Too bad i didn’t stick with t-zones.

  • Jay Holm

    If ALL towers had 4x CA, the network would be a lot faster. I don’t get why wireless carriers don’t use their spectrum in a more uniformed, and widely used way.

    • Sharti24

      Cost. They’re Too focused on giving out free tacos and lattes

      • riverhorse

        I’ll take those– the urban dictionary definition versions that is.

        Sprint to free **** T-Mo Tuesdays at the chain of spas frequented by NFL owners,Trump, and assorted jet setters plus other celebrities and billionaires!!

    • Clifton K. Morris

      AT&T and Verizon have corporate and business and government customers that often need something to work for several years’ time. Perfect example of this would be systems and equipment used to check a license plate, drivers license, or maps for a fire truck.

      So, here’s the thing- T-Mobile doesn’t have these types of customers, and actually it seems they don’t really even want them because T-Mobile’s training prefers to tell customers that buying a new phone fixes all sorts of coverage issues and has faster speeds.

      Often the type of communication equipment Government/Business/Corporate customers need a lifespan of 3-5 years or be approved/certified for professional-use.

      • Jay Holm

        I have an LG G7, it may not be the newset, but it is new enough to support Band 71…

  • PaulC

    The problem is that far far too frequently I get 0 mbps. The Ookla speed test won’t even run for me, so how does that get reported? I’m sure it doesn’t get reported at all, so everything seems hunky dory.