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Mobile Smokes Rival Mobile Carriers In Speed According To OpenSignal Analysis

Mobile Smokes Rival Mobile Carriers In Speed According To OpenSignal Analysis”

"Billions of real customer tests prove we've built America's best network", T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a statement. Discounted phones, BOGO deals, frequent perks and hilariously weird marketing may have each played their small part in Magenta's continued recent progress, but at the end of the day, it's all about speed and reliability.

Hot on the heels of the revelation that U.S. carriers are finally getting to grips with the demands of offering unlimited data packages, OpenSignal also has a fresh report looking deeper into the state of the country's mobile networks. Those wins include overall download speed on 4G, download speed on 3G, download speed overall, 3G latency, and 4G availability.

This latest report is based off of nearly 2.4 billion tests through nearly 240,000 devices from October 1, 2017 to December 30, 2017. Verizon came second with 17.77, while AT&T could barely compete at 13.27Mbps. The top image for 4G availability is a percentage of how "often users can access a 4G network", and shows T-Mobile users doing so 93.14% of the time, with Verizon right behind at 92.72% of the time (Sprint: 85.66%; AT&T: 87.03%).

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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. The second report for 2017 had T-Mobile on top after winning five different categories, failing to finish first on just one. The reintroduction of unlimited plans at AT&T and Verizon hobbled both operators' 4G speeds, but both operators recently began reversing their declines. Both Sprint and Verizon's networks were found to be much slower to respond, taking over 69ms to do so on average. That neck-and-neck race was evident in our 33-city analysis where Verizon had the advantage. Its availability score rose almost 9 percentage points over the last twelve months, compared to 6 percentage points for T-Mobile and 5 percentage points for both Verizon and AT&T. Latency essentially measures a data connection's responsiveness - the lower the score the better. Only in September did both operators manage to arrest the downward trend, which was most likely the result of 4G capacity upgrades on both networks. Out of the six major categories, T-Mobile was crowned champ of 5 of them.

According to OpenSignal, while considering the deployment of 5G, competition for the mobile networks is heating up and 2018 will be pretty unpredictable.

OpenSignal is back with another biannual look at the state of the world's 4G LTE networks, gathered using its crowdsourced data from close to 4 million test devices out in the wild, contributing over 50 ... Big Red has a history of making big network moves when under pressure. The stakes couldn't be higher in 2018.



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