Not all of the 4Gs are made alike and if you want to hop onto the carrier that offers the fastest LTE network in America, some real world data has come in and the winner has been declared. And this winner prefers the color purple. Or “Old Magenta,” as we used to say.

The folks over at OpenSignal have compiled together a report that compares the four major nationwide carriers in the United States and the company with the fastest download speeds is none other than T-Mobile. This is true with both 3G download speeds and 4G download speeds, through the speed difference is decidedly more pronounced with the former than the latter.

On the 3G network, T-Mobile offers an average speed of 3.5 Mbps, far faster than second place AT&T and its 2.2 Mbps. The 3G connections with Verizon and Sprint are laughable by comparison at 0.66 Mbps and 0.64 Mbps. For the 4G connection, T-Mobile has the fastest LTE with an average download speed of 12.26 Mbps, narrowly beating out the 11.98 Mbps of Verizon. AT&T and Sprint bring up the rear with 7.93 Mbps and 6.56 Mbps, respectively.

And the Fastest LTE Network in America Is...

The comparison test also looked at 4G coverage (Verizon was the winner), 3G latency (T-Mobile), and 4G latency (Sprint). Across these five categories, AT&T walked away with zero awards and T-Mobile emerged as the overall winner. It should be noted that these are amalgamated nationwide results, so the actual speeds will vary by region. For instance, Verizon has the fastest LTE network in Chicago with an average speed of 18.8 Mbps, while there’s a four-way draw in Houston with an abysmal 9.8 Mbps.

Of course, once Verizon gets its 5G network up and running, the game could change all over again.


Via OpenSignal

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