A new OpenSignal report reveals the top U.S. players in the mobile network segment and from the data collected we now find that T-Mobile becomes the fastest wireless U.S. carrier.
The report, entitled “The State of Mobile Networks: USA (Feb 2016)” has analyzed information collected from over 180,000 U.S. people with mobile devices and has studied problems such as G speeds, coverage and latent response.
OpenSignal is known for launching many such reports in countries like Canada and Brazil, but this represents the first country-wide report focused on the United States.
The study made use of data collected between October 1st– December 31st 2015 and it compared AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon. Some of the comparison categories that the research team focused on were: 3G download speeds, 4G speeds, 4G coverage, 4G latency.
The results showed T-Mobile first when it comes to 3G download speeds, 4G speeds and latency, whereas Verizon came up top on 4G coverage.
The data also revealed major improvements for all the U.S. carriers analyzed, with 81% accessibility of the 4G LTE signal. Sprint, however, scores less in this category, with just 70% access time.
One thing worth mentioning is that when OpenSignal compared the coverage rate of the four U.S. carriers, it did not focus on the geographical coverage, but rather on the degree of time that clients were able to get coverage on their phones.
When it comes to 4G speed, there is an ongoing battle between T-Mobile and Verizon, both of them supplying approximately 12Mbps, AT&T coming on third.
While significant progress is being made in the mobile network department, United States still comes out among the 20 lowest speeds for LTE, with less than 10Mbps. World-famous countries at this category are New Zealand with 36Mbps, Singapore with 33Mbps and Romania with 30Mbps.
T-Mobile is well-known for its wide coverage and affordability and – most recently – its large investments in infrastructure. It was in January 2014 that the company declared it will purchase from Verizon 700MHz spectrum for $2.365 billion.
This certainly helped the company ascend to the top position because with the help of Verizon it managed to surpass its two major problems: range and penetration.
However, Verizon continues to be viewed as the most trustworthy network and a wise choice when it comes to pricing options. T-Mobile may have landed on top in this recent study, but its services are certainly not cheap and its nation-wide coverage still something to debate upon.
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