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New Report Claims AT&T Has Fastest Wireless Network in the Country

A few months ago, AT&T came under fire when it rolled out 5G E (5G Evolution) network. Many of its competitors called this as "blatant deception" and a "marketing hype". To make matters worse, Sprint even filed a lawsuit to bar them from using the 5G E logo to hide 4G LTE Advanced connectivity in the hopes of gaining more customers. This is because the other major carriers already offered this to their customers.

Results from a recent Ookla report, however, appear to show otherwise. This is already despite the fact that an Opensignal report showed AT&T's 5G E network was nothing special. Ookla's report, contradicted all others by saying AT&T offered the "fastest wireless network in the nation".

Ookla's results come from research conducted during the first calendar quarter of 2019. This was a period when AT&T got an average of 34.3 and 40.7 Mbps download rates in weekly measurements throughout the country. The average download speeds of T-Mobile and Verizon during this time were much steadier with a range of between 35 and 33 Mbps, respectively. The report also showed that Sprint increased to 34.9 Mbps average speed during the period. This landed Verizon on the last spot among the major carriers.

One possible reason behind AT&T's boost in Ookla's ranking can be attributed to the fact that its 5G Evolution expansion grew to nationwide availability from only 25 markets in 2017. The results also show that both T-Mobile and Verizon have "plateaued" this past quarter, despite being average speed leaders in the past.

Despite today's news, it's important to look at things from a year-over-year (YOY) perspective. The mobile industry has made great progress in the past 12 months. Back in Ookla's Q1 2018 study, T-Mobile earned the top spot with an average download speed of around 32 Mbps, followed by Verizon with 29.7 Mbps, AT&T with 25.8 Mbps, and Sprint with 23.8 Mbps. These numbers have all increased compared to their past results, which means good news for everyone; particularly the consumers.

You can read Ookla's full report here.

Source: PhoneArena 

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  1. I don't buy it. All are congested here, especially ATT.

  2. New report claims Sprint has the best overall coverage. These claims are all piddle. It comes down to customer response.

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