T-Mobile, spoke this week during the Deutsche Bank 25th Annual Media & Telecom Conference held in Palm Beach in Florida, and disclosed that one of the top priorities right now for T-Mobile is to continue to narrow the gap with industry leader Verizon Wireless, especially when it comes to the geographic reach of its LTE coverage in America.
Braxton pointed out that while T-Mobile has already covered 99.7 percent of Verizon’s customers, the Big Red still has a 700,000 square mile edge on T-Mobile. And despite the fact that T-Mobile has inked roaming contracts with other mobile operators, the coverage these other carriers provide are not full 4G LTE. Still, Braxton is confident that T-Mobile should be able to cover those 700,000 square miles by the year 2019.
Last month, testing firm OpenSignal released its latest report evaluating the quality and coverage of LTE networks in the United States. Gathering information from nearly 170,000 consumers in America, OpenSignal found that Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile offered the fastest LTE networks across the country. Verizon’s average LTE download speed was at 16.89 Mbps, while T-Mobile’s was at 16.65 Mbps. The two major wireless carriers were also tied in terms of overall download speed, which takes into account both 3G and LTE connection speeds.
But when it comes 4G LTE availability, Verizon Wireless continues to be the leader. OpenSignal found that the Big Red had the best 4G availability in 20 of the 36 markets the testing firm looked into. But while T-Mobile continues to trail Verizon, it has shown significant improvement in the last few quarters and is never far behind, at least according to OpenSignal’s metrics for LTE availability and latency (data connection response time).
Source: Fierce Wireless