A new cellular study from OpenSignal published today takes a look at how the four major US carriers stack up over five key attributes. Verizon took the top spot for best LTE network availability, and T-Mobile both had the fastest download and upload speeds, while AT&T was tied for the lowest network latency. Read on for all the details on how the carriers performed.
OpenSignal's latest study consists of 5.6 million measurements from 1.4 million smartphones in the United States between March and June this year.
Although the 5G time is approaching, investment in 4G has not stopped. In this report, we have seen some of the greatest movements in our calculations this year. 5G will be the new competition name in the following years, but it has not stopped operators from distinguishing themselves in their 4G capabilities.
It is probably no surprise that Verizon took the top spot for the best 4G availability. 94.8% of the carrier's customers from the survey had access to an LTE connection. However, T-Mobile released AT&T for second place with 94.2% of users in the study who could get 4G connectivity. AT&T and Sprint scored about five percentage points lower for 4G availability.
AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile all ended neck and neck when it came to average download speed, but T-Mobile took top honors with 23, 6 Mbps. Sprint retrieved behind with an average of 19.2 Mbps.
T-Mobile was number one here again with an average upload speed of 7.3 Mbps. Verizon was a close second at 6.9 Mbps, and the performance dropped off for AT & T and Sprint, respectively, in third and fourth place respectively.
Networking is the one category AT&T managed to perform at the top, but the carrier ended up tying T-Mobile with an average wait of 52 milliseconds .
OpenSignal notes in the study as video performance have never been a strong point for US carriers. But this year, Verizon was able to make a "Good" rating with all the other carriers who came up with a "Fair" rating.
A good mobile video experience is made up of several factors beyond just a network's speed, therefore T-Mobile did not end up with the best video performance.
The video experience is determined by many factors apart from speed, such as consistency of connections, total network capacity and network latency. But one of the biggest contributors to the country's lower video scores is the guidelines introduced by US operators to manage mobile data traffic.
Regional Performance Analysis
Finally, the report discusses how city and regional performance is usually similar to national performance, but that year's study threw some curve balls. In particular, AT & T first came in for download speed in front of T-Mobile and Verizon in a number of cities.
Here is a complete list of how the carriers performed in 71 US cities / regions.
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