T-Mobile Versus Verizon: Which Network Scores Higher In Download Speed, Latency, Availability?
T-Mobile and Verizon are basically tied in terms of network speed and availability. AT&T and Sprint did not get any points on all categories.
OpenSignal looked into the four major networks of United States networks from October 1 to December 31 last year. They gathered 4,599,231,167 data points from a total of 169,683 Android and iOS users. They also examined the 4G speeds and availability in the biggest 35 cities in the United States.
According to the recently published State of Mobile Network, T-Mobile tied for first place with Verizon. They have the same result for 4G and over all download speed.
However, in terms of LTE speed, T-Mobile lags slightly behind at 16.7 Mbps with Verizon which has an average speed of 16.9 Mbps. Both networks have an average posting speed of 14.6Mbps.
T-Mobile is superior in terms of 3G download speed with an average of 4Mbps, and in 3G latency category. But Verizon also took the awards for 4G latency and 4G availability.
The report further goes on to say that T-Mobile customers are connected to an LTE signal 86.6 percent of the time. Meanwhile, Verizon customers are connected to LTE 88.2 percent of the time.
The OpenSignal app does not rely on user-initiated or drive-test simulations. Instead it draws its data on network's performance through background tests and crowdsourcing techniques. It promises to protect the privacy of millions of T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint users who are active OpenSignal users. The popular app is reported to have been downloaded more than 15 million times.
According to Mac Rumors, Verizon appears to have a faster network in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. In OpenSignal's 2016 US mobile network report, T-Mobile has scored satisfactorily. This year, it looks like Verizon is fighting back to steal the spotlight from its competition.