Just days after AT&T announced that it had broken 1Gbps speeds on its 5G network, the carrier has some network speed news to share.
AT&T has come out on top in Ookla's Q1 2019 report on the average U.S. download speeds of the four major carriers. According to Ookla's data, AT&T posted an average download speed of 40.7Mbps while T-Mobile came in second place with an average speed of 35.4Mbps. Sprint finished third with a speed of 34.9Mbps and Verizon came in fourth with a speed of 33.3Mbps.
These results from Ookla show AT&T's download speeds improving by more than 15 percent over the first three months of 2019. AT&T says that this is due at least in part to its 5G Evolution coverage, which is available nationwide but does require a compatible smartphone like a Galaxy S10, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, Galaxy S9, LG V40, iPhone X, or Galaxy Note 8 to use. AT&T's 5G Evolution uses advance 4G LTE technologies like 4x4 MIMO, carrier aggregation, and 256 QAM to help boost download speeds.