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Mobile tops OpenSignal network tests as AT&T launches new range extender

23 January 2018

T-Mobile took no such hit since they'd had "unlimited data" for a while before Verizon and AT&T jumped back onboard. For this we saw T-Mobile and Verizon essentially deadlocked. T-Mobile had a LTE coverage signal of 93.14%.

Credit: Roman Tiraspolsky/ShutterstockT-Mobile "is now the operator to beat", OpenSignal says in its latest report on the state of US mobile Networks. In Q4 2017, T-Mobile averaged LTE downloads of 19.4 Mbps, while Verizon only saw 17.8 Mbps.

According to the latest report, both Verizon and AT&T have stopped the declining performance on their networks that were attributed to the return of unlimited data plans. T-Mobile had been using the data from previous Open Signal reports, and from crowdsourced data generated from Ookla's app, to brag about owning the fastest 4G LTE network.

In addition to network speed, availability of a 4G connection also improved. However, that doesn't mean either of the networks is at the top of the rankings. T-Mobile 4G speeds have been shooting upwards steadily for the a year ago, and in the 4th quarter it hit a new 4G download high of 19.4 Mbps, establishing it as the clear leader in 4G speed for the second report in a row.

Over the past year, T-Mobile's typical overall speeds have increased by 3.6 Mbps. It will be free for existing AT&T customers.

It's worth noting that this time a year ago, T-Mobile and Verizon were evenly split, with each taking two awards a piece and tying in two other categories.

T-Mobile gets the fastest 3G and 4G network title in the US. That neck-and-neck race was evident in our 33-city analysis where Verizon had the advantage. AT&T managed to beat T-Mobile in context of LTE latency, with its 4G network having an average ping time of 58.3ms, 1.44ms lower than that of its closest rival in the field.

T-Mobile USA Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) built on a lead it established last summer to once again claim the title as the fastest 3G and 4G mobile networks in the United States. AT&T scores 87.07 percent and Sprint scored 85.66 percent.

Perhaps most surprising of all is Sprint's recovery across all categories. AT&T came in second with 2.71 Mbps, Sprint in third with 1 Mbps, and Verizon pulled up the rear with an very bad 0.87 Mbps.

T-Mobile's download speed has steadily climbed over the past year, according to OpenSignal's testing.

2018 could prove to be an even more unpredictable year than its predecessor for the US mobile industry. Big Red has a history of making big network moves when under pressure. We'll see if Sprint can continue its 4G momentum and for the first time challenge its three larger competitors in our core metrics.

As comprehensive as OpenSignal's report results are, download speeds will always vary by region and device (different phones have different modems capable of different peak download speeds). The more power the operators build into their LTE systems, the better prepared they'll be to offer the next generation of mobile services.

Mobile tops OpenSignal network tests as AT&T launches new range extender