New study confirms T-Mobile is country’s leader in 5G speed

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T-Mobile has consistently been saying that they are the 5G speed leader in the country. And today, a new study reveals there is much bearing to T-Mobile’s claim. 

As revealed by research firm umlaut, T-Mobile delivers the fastest 5G speeds in 10 major markets across the US. The research firm discovered that T-Mobile ranked high in Atlanta, Dallas – Fort Worth, Newark – Jersey City, Philadelphia and Phoenix. The publication also found that T-Mobile’s super-fast Ultra Capacity 5G network was available 40% of the time on average across the five markets, meanwhile Verizon’s Ultra Wideband network was only found 5% of the time at best. 

This report follows Opensignal’s report that T-Mobile customers get the fastest 5G download and upload speeds throughout the country. 

T-Mobile President of Technology, Neville Ray, says:

“We have our foot on the 5G gas pedal, and we’re not letting up. T-Mobile has been the leader in 5G coverage from the moment we launched our nationwide network, and now we’re piling on the speed with our super fast Ultra Capacity 5G rolling out across the country.”

The CEO also shared that “This is how you build a real 5G network — with great coverage, capacity and speeds — across major cities and into small towns.”

You can read more about the report here. 

 

Source: T-Mobile

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  • steveb944

    That Ultra Capacity aka 5G mid-band makes all the difference.

    • slybacon

      It’s been amazing! I’m impressed with how Tmo 5G is starting out.

  • Francisco Peña

    not behind my house.

    • Francisco Peña

      1 downvote.. I guess you are the neighbor behind me that gets more than 0.76/8.86 or 2.75/0.43 speeds walking my dog.

      • marque2

        We just don’t want to know what goes on behind your house. TMI

        • Francisco Peña

          yawn…

        • Shaun Michalak

          Not sure.. There are some people that want to know everything.. I got neighbors like that.. You walk out the door and they are there, at the window, 24/7 while they are awake and at home, watching every move that every person makes.. But i am with you.. sometimes, TMI..

      • Shaun Michalak

        nope, they just switched to the better speeds on 3G so that they could say that you were wrong.. lol

  • FBPhilly

    What are they talking about!
    A 5G that acts like a 3G???

    Here in NE Philly I am getting 29mbps down and 9mbps up. Thank you Tmobile for changing the sign from 3G to 4G LTE and then 5G. The difference is zero. I’m using Note 20 Ultra.

    Tmonews has become lately an official Tmobile PR portal.

    • g2a5b0e

      Stop acting like NE Philly represents the entire country. Believe it or not, the whole world doesn’t just consist of your backyard. While it may not be the case for you, 5G has made my service useable in my house, which is fantastic.

      • Lord Barton

        Lmao, great response !!

      • marque2

        Even though it isn’t “5g speeds” 29mb/s is pretty respectable. Can watch 4K movies with that. That also isn’t 3g speeds as FBPhilly claims.

        • FBPhilly

          They are pretending of covering the hole city with mm waves as they are proud of it.

          In the other hand I am testifying that this is not true.

          Do you think that a 5G mm wave 2.5 Ghz will result on 29mbps? This is totally a fake news and that’s all I’m saying.

        • Zerovanity

          They show the map of where they tested. In Philadelphia, most of the testing was on the line between Trenton, New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware. Very little testing was completed in other areas.

        • marque2

          Yes it can be that slow. It depends how far you are from the nearest tower – and it depends how strong the backhaul is on that tower and it depends how congested the tower is (how many people are using it when you test) . It is sorta like your Wifi advertising it can do 2gigbits per second, but if you are 150 feet away it will be less, and if you are only hooked up to 50mb/s cable – well you won’t get full speed. Also if everyone in the family is zooming a boring meeting while streaming a netflix video on the side, your personal speed on your WiFi will be a lot less.

          It is coming, it is coming slowly but it is coming. I have noticed by my house average speeds have gone up from under 20mb/s two years ago, to 40mb/s last year and now I can usually get 60 -80 depending on how congested the network is. It is about a year later than Tmobile advertised but we are finally starting to see improvements. And I agree, all the services overplayed and oversold 5g, and I was disappointed as heck when I got my first 5g phone last year, and … nothing.

          Also at the concrete and steal jungle where I work, the data rate has gone up to about 10mb/s vs 5 – and the dead zones are smaller (just outside I get 80mb/s) so that is an improvement as well.

        • Shaun Michalak

          5G band 71 I can see it.. 2.5 no.. but mmwave would depend on how much they have installed, and how many people are using it.. After looking up some info about mmwave, I found that right now, the best that mmwave can do is quam 64 in a 2×2 configuration.. towers can get faster speeds even with the lower frequency because they use 256 quam in a 4×4 pattern.. So they need more spectrum to reach the same speeds on mmwave because of this limitation right now..

      • Francisco Peña

        Stop acting that 5G gives you any faster speeds than LTE for the entire country. As some can get 400M speeds, I can post my 0.76/8.86 or 2.75/0.43 speeds down my street. Costco? hell, I better update my Listonic before I get close and start my TuneIn Radio because if not, and I try to do it in there, it won’t connect. TExt to my wife to ask her if I want a super large tub of oatmeal? good luck.

        • g2a5b0e

          I’m not acting like that all. It doesn’t change the fact that T-Mobile has the highest AVERAGE (this being the most important word in the sentence) 5G speeds in the country. People tend to forget that when talking about the shitty speeds they get in the 2 square mile radius they spend most of their lives in.

        • Francisco Peña

          “Stop acting like NE Philly represents the entire country. Believe it or not, the whole world doesn’t just consist of your backyard. While it may not be the case for you, 5G has made my service useable in my house, which is fantastic.”

          You didn’t say anything in there about “Average” yourself. You are railing on folks for saying their 5G speed is below par for the claims. Average does crap, as you can have a few people with super high speeds and a larger majority with lower speeds, but because the few higher speeds skew the results upwards, that does nothing for the day to day.

          Great that your house gets better speeds. my “2 square miles” you state is a bit bigger than 2 square miles. In a major market in Florida, I can point out several locations across town that get lower speeds. Go a bit out, and speeds increase. That is the issue. For as much as TMo can say “we are fast” there are pelnty of areas that it states is firmly in a 5g area, that has lower speeds.

        • Shaun Michalak

          This is true.. But at the same time, it is not just a T-Mobile thing.. I have a friend that uses Verizon for service.. He is straight Verizon, and I am straight Metro by T-Mobile, which is de-prioritized compared to actual post paid T-Mobile customers.. and when I did speed tests on both of our phones at the same time, we got close to the same speeds.. test after test.. So this tells me, in some places, service just sucks no matter what carrier you are on..

    • marque2

      What 3g service provided 29mb/s and especially the 9mb/s up?

      • Omar R

        I don’t know about tmobile 3G since i started using them since they provided 4G LTE here. But At&t 3G which i used in the past and i tried it a little while ago when I forced my att work phone to HSPA+ got 30 mbps down and 7 up . Yea i didn’t get 9 up like he said he did but 7 up over 3G is pretty good .

        • Zerovanity

          Almost every modern phone is rated to 42.2/5.76 on UMTS 3G. Almost everywhere in the US the 3G has been reduced to a single carrier meaning 21.1/5.76 is the best you could do.

          What phone did you get 7 up on 3G with?

        • Omar R

          Its a note 20 i had to download the Samsung band selector app to make it run on atts 3G . Since att blocks that in the settings but with the app i was able to do it so i was curious so i put it on 3G . And speeds were great like i said . I was also able to run vid from youtube at the highest 4K quality without a problem no buffering at all and download apps from the app store instantly took no time to download . I don’t know if TMobiles 3G is good like that since i haven’t used it yet . But i will try it when I get my new phone from them.

        • Zerovanity

          AT&T must have not reduced to single cell. The Qualcomm

          Snapdragon X55 5G Modem that is used on that phone is rated for WCDMA (DB-DC-HSDPA, DC-HSUPA). Qualcomm does not list exact speed, but that should be capable of 42.2 down and somewhere between 11.5 and 22.9 up. I can find no reference to the FCC approving the phone for duel cell upload. Why does GSM Arena list the upload as 5.76?

      • Willie D

        HSPA+42

        • marque2

          I find the claims that HSPA+ could reach such speeds a bit dubious. Yeah I am sure in selected areas you could find a fast location but 8 – 12 mb/s was more normal.

          HSPA+ was also reclassified as a 4g technology, so I am not sure it counts in the 3g realm.

        • Zerovanity

          HSPA+ is 4G according to specs, it is 3G in technology stack.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I have done multiple tests around my area on 3G, and on multiple towers, and around 10 to 12 megs is usually what I get (on the high side) on 3G no matter what tower.. So I would have to agree.. My latest test was 12.1 megs down on 3G

  • JR

    Fullerton, CA 247 Mbps down 36.4 up. OnePlus 8T Pro here.

  • Glenn Gore

    Here in the massive Taloga, Oklahoma (pop 500) market, here in town in my house with one bar of T-Mobile 5G on my iPhone 12 from the nearest T-Mobile site 6 miles away, I get a very reliable 180 Mbps down/20 up. I’ll take that, as there is nothing I need to do on my phone that requires anything close to those speeds.

    Closer to the tower, you can get 250 Mbps down/50 up. There is no 5G anywhere in the western half of the state from either AT&T or Verizon, so T-Mobile is indeed the king of 5G speed in this neck of the woods. It’s not a major population center but it does validate T-Mobile’s desire to serve everyone. They are no longer just an “urban carrier”.

  • Mike

    Here in Bremerton I can peak out at 400meg download. The last speedtest I ran it was 287meg/40meg with full bars within the city. But at my house outside the city with 1 bar 5G (which will occasionally flip to 3 bars LTE), I get a respectable 70meg/12meg. Verizon, which I just switched from, never got speeds anywhere near this.

    • Mike

      And the ping is always respectable too – averaging less than 30ms. Verizon was never below 100ms and often in the 200ms.

      • Omar R

        I have found At&t to have the best ping here In los Angeles California. At&t is less than 10ms i seen 4ms . TMobile here is a respectable 30ms , and Verizon is always in the 100s ms.

  • I got 500mbps in Charlotte NC two weeks ago on 5G

    • Acdc1a

      I’ve got one site nearby in Palm Beach, FL that regularly gets me over 200. The rest are all 30-40 which is the same as I get on LTE. Good to see some progress somewhere.

      • slybacon

        You must only have Low-Band 5G so far.. Just wait for Mid-Band 5G!!

    • slybacon

      Nice. I hit 605 Mbps in Layton, Utah last weekend. I’m consistently around 150 Mbps in dozens of cities across 3 counties in Utah.

      • dcmanryan

        I was in Delta Ut the last few days for work and noticed my speed was faster than the last time I was there and a speed test revealed 151 Mbps. That’s got to be huge for that town and the smaller towns around it.

        • slybacon

          Yeah that town is very rural. Nice to see it expanding so much here. Seems to be expanding more here than in other states based on people’s posts.

  • Willie D

    A study done by a company none of us heard of, but one that carriers sure have and pay handsomely to “test” the network in select areas as determined by the carrier. Sorry TMo, I know from first hand experience your 5G is worse than GPRS

    • slybacon

      I disagree. Tmo 5G is superior to LTE in my region.

      • Ben

        Exactly. All depends on area. In my city, 5G is double the speed of LTE.

    • Mike

      Worse then GRPS. HAHA. 100% doubtful, but I get you feel the need to over-exaggerate your frustration.

    • Zerovanity

      The report states the study was funded by T-Mobile.

  • Shaun Michalak

    I just did some tests in my area to see how much of a difference it makes from 2 to 3 to 4G LTE.. The download speed results.. 2G.. 2mb.. 3G.. 14mb.. 4G LTE.. 5mb down.. Now I kind of wish I had a 5G phone to try it out to see how good of speeds I could get off of 5G off of just band 71 (no band 41 installed in my area yet)..

    • Zerovanity

      Interesting, you were able to speed test on 2G. Whenever I try, the test throws an error during the upload test.

      • Shaun Michalak

        I did not do an upload, just a download.. I use the xfinity speed test to do tests because I find them much more reliable them speedtest dot net for doing speed tests.. and on that site, they just do a download unless you click more info, then they will do an upload too. I am not sure about anyone else, but here, whenever I do a test between the 2, sometimes they come up about the same, but I have other times that I have seen a 50% difference in speeds.. and xfinity always gave the higher number..

  • Zerovanity

    T-Mobile funded this. The choice of markets is interesting. Newark, NJ and not New York, NY to avoid Verizon mmWave. Dallas where, low-band is unique and hosts AT&T’s headquarters. (Verizon has no low band that is even compatible with 5G in Dallas, so DSS is on mid-band in Dallas. AT&T has wide 25-25 on band 5 in Dallas. T-Mobile has 25-25 of band 71 in Dallas (some of it leased), more than almost anywhere else.)

    • Shaun Michalak

      To be fair, comparing mmwave to low and mid bands is not a equal comparison. So I see nothing wrong with testing just tower based spectrum’s.. Especially when you consider that most phones do not even have mmwave abilities to start off with.. Most 5G phones are just tower based spectrum’s..

      It does not surprise me that this was company funded though.. if it was.. All of the companies will do what they need to, to make their company look better.. But either way, the simple fact that T-Mobile really is doing a better job at getting tower based 5G up and running can not be disputed.. The simple fact that they are the only ones using dedicated 5G, not DSS, carrier aggregation, and stand alone service.. and soon to add VoNR, if they have not already, to their list.. They really are the only ones that are truly getting 5G off of towers that is good service, for people to use..

      The only problem right now is the fact that too much of their coverage is still band 71 only, and people see that and think that it is crap because of it.. But it is an evolving process that is going to take steps to get it to where it needs to be, and band 71 was just the first step. Until they get a good amount of band 41 installed with it, they will be subject to those low band problems with 5G until they get both installed.

  • tvBilly

    Which carrier is best totally depends on where you are. And it changes over time. Cellular phone service has always been that way, since day 1. That said, I can only give you my anecdotal experience with T-Mobile here in NYC. I live in Times Square (not on the street). My previous phone was a Galaxy S10, with no 5G and I typically got 150Mb/75Mb (up/down). I sometimes got twice that (and sometimes half that). With my Galaxy S21+ (which has 5G), I typically get 400Mb-600Mb/100Mb. best I’ve gotten is 700+Mb. That said, I am perfectly happy with 150Mb. It’s my phone, not my main internet service! I don’t understand all the complaints about 50Mb or 100Mb service some are getting. It’s just your phone! What on earth do you need faster service for on your phone?

    • Shaun Michalak

      I feel the same way.. and when you take into consideration that right now, all hotspots are 4G, they can not even use that as an excuse.. Heck, for the most part, I am happy with just 10 megs down on my cell. I personally can not wait until they get band 41 installed in my area.. But not because I care about 100+ megs down for my phone.. after all, I do not have a 5G phone.. But the people that do can start jumping more off of 5G, and that should free up a lot of 4G bandwidth so my speeds are not so low..

      Right now, because of congestion, where I live, 4G is slow because of it.. I just did a speed test, and LTE got 2.3 megs down.. But connecting to 3G, I got 12.1 megs down.. If they could free up some of that 4G then maybe I could get comparable speeds on 4G that I get on 3G right now. That would make me more then happy.