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T-Mobile Has Fastest Speed According to Two Separate Tests

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The verdict is in! According to Ookla, a web service that offers free analysis to Internet performance metrics, Minneapolis is the city with the fastest mobile internet in the U.S.

Earlier today, Ookla revealed their findings from data it analyzed on its Speedtest app during the first half of 2018. The test was done in Q1 and Q2 with over 12 million mobile network speed tests. They also tested the speed on over 2.8 million mobile devices.

The result of the test showed that Minneapolis' Twin Cities is on top of the list, with a mean download speed of 44.92 Mbps. The city that placed second went to Saint Paul (also in Minneapolis), followed by Fort Wayne, Indiana; and Irvine, California. These cities are then followed by Atlanta and Pittsburgh. The test also revealed Minnesota as the fastest state.

Apart from revealing the state and cities with the fastest internet speed, Ookla also released the results of the U.S. Mobile Performance Report. As seen on the findings, the carrier with the fastest overall speed goes to T-Mobile, who was also the winner last year. The second spot went to Verizon, followed by AT&T and Sprint on third and fourth spot. The results of the test also showed that Verizon was the fastest carrier in 45 out of the 100 most populated cities.

Ookla's findings are nearly identical to the results of OpenSignal's testing. OpenSignal produces wireless coverage mapping data crowdsourced from its users. The result from their testing shows that T-Mobile customers enjoy an average download speed of 20.6 Mbps, while Verizon has 19.2 Mbps, AT&T at 13.7 Mbps, and Sprint at 12.6 Mbps. Even though the two companies have different ways to gather data, the overall ranking is the same.

As for the cities with the slowest internet speeds, it's noteworthy to mention that the cities on this list belong to rural areas: Laredo, Texas; Anchorage, Alaska; Madison, Wisconsin; Reno, Nevada; and Lubbock, Texas. The average download speed in Laredo is 18.52 Mbps. But with 5G mobile connectivity set to roll out next year, a significant boost in speed in these areas could be experienced.

You can read the results of Ookla's test here and OpenSignal's test here.


Source: Engadget


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  1. I prefer having coverage everywhere and 5 Mbps speed, instead of this [email protected]

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  2. Speed isn't everything.

    You also need endurance, capacity, and to have your towers erected wherever the customer wants to take your spectrum for a ride.

    If you can only get your coverage up in a few select places, while coming up incredibly short everywhere else, then you're not a reliable enough carrier for people to let you into their pants.

    Gotta square up and get on the same level as the bell twins, who know just how to keep their customers coming back for more.

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    1. 2.1 Million square miles covering 97% of the people in the USA is good enough for me. Maybe if I was a fugitive I would need more. I’ll take speed, which also reflects capacity in these tests.

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    2. "If you can only get your coverage up in a few select places, while coming up incredibly short everywhere else...."

      Any speed rating which doesn't average ALL of this together is being dishonest. AFter all, the average speed takes into consideration ALL places in an area, not just those few with good speed.

      With such an honest accounting, the speed rating of Verizon and AT&T ends up higher, and that of T-Mobile and Sprint ends up lower.... once you toss in the huge areas with 0/low speed for the TMO and Sprint. Areas weeded out in deceptive/cooked studies, and also grossly inaccurate attempts like OpenSignal.

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    3. STILL in denial. These are SPEED tests, not coverage tests. Let it go.

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  3. I don't think it's quite right that both of these "speed tests" claim some sort of validity while they are actually set up to exclude the data points where the speed is very bad: thus skewing the results far higher than they would be otherwise. But Dennis disagrees.

    I'm also the kind of person who believes (for the same reason) that grade point average in which F's are automatically excluded is pretty much worthless.

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    1. Who is Dennis? Are you talking about the writer who mysteriously disappeared from this website a few months ago?

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    2. You can find me on Twitter and HoFo posting as yeswap.

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    3. Hi Dennis. Why are you no longer writing articles for Prepaid Phone News?

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    4. Dennis, will we find you back here at PPPN full time? This site is nothing without you and will wither & die in the state it has been the past week.

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    5. Will we find you back here Dennis?
      The site desperately needs you back!

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    6. Dennis, will we be able to find you back here posting articles and updating info. on the operator profiles etc.??

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    7. Dennis, can we did you posting articles here ever again or have you given up running PPPN?

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    8. I'm no longer writing for Prepaid Phone News. You can find me on social media. I'm yeswap on Twitter, where I'm most active, also yeswap on HoFo and Reddit and Dennis Bournique on Facebook and Google+.

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  4. Dennis Bournique-Im sorry to hear you are not here anymore. You gave me such great advise in the past. I will look you up in the other forums.

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