The biannual report of the OpenSignal operator for the USA has just been launched UU., And last year's T-Mobile brouhaha seems to continue. While both Verizon and AT & T are experiencing some recovery in network speed after the reintroduction of their unlimited plans last year, T-Mobile has again topped almost every category in the OpenSignal tests. Sprint, although still in fourth place, is also making great strides in both speed and availability.
According to OpenSignal, the average LTE download speed of T-Mobile has reached 19.42Mbps, which represents a significant improvement of 10% in the last six months. In comparison, Verizon's average speed has increased to 17.77Mbps. That's a substantial improvement of 16% compared to 14.91 Mbps last fall, but still behind the average speed of T-Mobile. AT & T and Sprint are distant in the 3rd and 4th with 13.27Mbps and 12.02Mbps, respectively. That puts AT & T behind its own performance this time last year, becoming the only company to have loss of 4G performance compared to the February 2017 OpenSignal report. Sprint, on the other hand , is experiencing an incredible 25% increase in LTE speeds year after year, by far the largest of any of the four operators.
Part of the reason why T-Mobile was able to make a return on AT & T and Verizon in the last year, according to OpenSignal, has to do with the last two companies reintroducing unlimited data plans. That may have increased the congestion of the network, resulting in the loss of speed that each saw fell last fall. Both AT & T and Verizon seem to have recovered mostly now.
Although T-Mobile has not swept all the categories as it did last year, the only proof the company did not win was 4G latency, and even there only lost AT & T for a tiny 1.45 milliseconds. In comparison, T-Mobile won all other categories except availability for a reasonable margin.
Although anecdotally, T-Mobile does not have availability comparable to Verizon, for some reason it has outperformed Big Red in the OpenSignal tests. He likes or hates it, the "Un-carrier" has made incredible advances in recent years, even surpassing the JD Power ratings for customer service. However, Sprint's huge improvements over the last year, especially when it comes to speed and 4G availability, should not be ignored.
The OpenSignal tests are actually also reduced to performance at the regional level for each operator, so if you want to check and see how each of the big 4 in your environment compares, you can check the full table on the OpenSignal site. The market variation is still strong, with T-Mobile near the top in places like Baltimore, Las Vegas and Philadelphia, but almost defeated in places like San Francisco and Los Angeles.
In more non-carrier specific results, the report notes that LTE is becoming much more widespread in recent years, with two companies (Verizon and T-Mobile) able to report more than 90% availability now, when it does One year, no company could do it. In general, each operator shows greater availability, which is excellent for the future of consumer choice in the US. UU
All the numbers in the OpenSignal tests come from the OpenSignal users (terribly named) "4G WiFi Maps & Speed Test. Find the Signal & Data Now application". Therefore, if you do not agree with any of the collected metrics, you can add your own experiences to the following report by downloading it in Google Play or in APK Mirror. These recent numbers, for example, came from a total of 237,213 users between October 1 and December 31. For more information about the tests, data or methodologies, you can consult the full report in OpenSignal.