Network performance testing service OpenSignal recently published data on the US telecom carriers from the period of October 1st – December 31st, 2016.
Based on 4,599,231,167 data points from 169,683 users, it looks like T-Mobile and Verizon are tied for the best networks. In the report, T-Mobile took top spots in 4G download speeds, 3G download speeds, overall download speeds, and 3G latency. Verizon took top spots in 4G download speeds, overall download speeds, 4G latency and 4G availability.
Taking a closer look at the download speeds here, T-Mobile and Verizon were neck and neck for the top spots with overall download speeds showing somewhere ~15Mbps on average. AT&T trailed third at ~12Mbps and Sprint trailed last at ~7Mbps.
Looking closer at 4G latency, Verizon secured top spot here with T-Mobile and Sprint tied for second and third. Surprisingly, AT&T came in last place with the highest network latencies.
Finally is also 4G network availability, an area that Verizon has always used to show their superiority. Looking at the charts here, Verizon had a 4G availability rating of 88.2% with T-Mobile trailing by just 2%. AT&T surprisingly trails third in 4G network availability with surprise, surprise Sprint trailing last.