Opensignal today posted its Mobile Network Experience Report, which contains info on the download and upload speeds, 4G availability, video experience, and latency of the four major U.S. carriers. The data was gathered by running 5.6 billion tests on 1.4 million devices between March 16th and June 13th.
Looking at the results, T-Mobile and Verizon were the big winners of Opensignal's new report. T-Mobile posted the fastest download and upload speeds at 23.6Mbps and 7.3Mbps, respectively, and Verizon came in a close second in both categories with speeds of 22.9Mbps and 6.9Mbps. AT&T's speeds were 22.5Mbps and 4.9Mbps, and Sprint rounded out the top four with speeds of 19.2Mbps and 2.4Mbps.
Verizon won out in the 4G Availability and Video Experience categories. VZW customers are able to get a 4G signal 94.8 percent of the time, says Opensignal, while T-Mobile customers get it 94.2 percent of the time, AT&T customers get 4G 89.6 percent of the time, and Sprint subscribers get 4G 89.5 percent of the time.
The Video Experience category considers factors like speed, connection consistency, network capacity, and network latency. None of the four carriers did amazingly, but Verizon won out with a score of 56.1 out of 100. T-Mobile came in second with a score of 51.7, Sprint came in third with 47.5 points, and AT&T rounded out the top four with 46.3 points.
Finally, the Latency Experience was a virtual tie between T-Mobile with 52.6 milliseconds and AT&T with 52.5 milliseconds. Verizon finished third with 56.8 milliseconds and Sprint was fourth with 59.8 milliseconds.
One other detail worth noting about today's report is that Opensignal has analysis of 71 major metro areas across the U.S. That means you can see which carrier offers the best speeds, 4G availability, latency, and video experience in nearly 100 big cities.
For the most part, the U.S. carriers have improved their speeds compared to Opensignal's report from January 2019. The carriers are preparing for 5G rollouts by beefing up aspects of their network like backhaul and packet core, and while none of the carriers have particularly large 5G footprints yet, those network improvements are also helping to improve 4G LTE speeds.
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