When it comes to LTE, the United States has one of the slowest networks. Only outpacing the Phillipines, our LTE speeds are just plain terrible, according to Open Signal. T-Mobile, however, was found to have the quickest overall network.
LTE speeds in the US averaged around 6.5Mbps, according to the study. Though we’re ahead of the Phillipines at 5.3 Mbps, we’re well behind Australia, which boasts average LTE speeds of 24.5 Mbps. Open Signal did point out that while we technically have the best LTE coverage stateside, we’re hampered by some carriers who only offer LTE on a very small portion of their network — and do so at a greatly diminished speed.
T-Mobile was a surprise winner for fastest LTE network, as they outperformed all others for top spot in the study. At 11.5 Mbps, they were well ahead of AT&T at 9.12 Mbps. Verizon was third in the study at 7.82 Mbps, while Sprint was a sad, distant fourth place (as usual) with 4.32 Mbps on average in the US. T-Mobile beat the rest by deploying LTE on large blocks of AWS spectrum. They regularly deploy on 10x10 or 20.20MHz blocks, while others either don’t utilize AWS (yet), or do so in much smaller blocks.
Fastest doesn’t mean largest, though. Verizon still holds that mantle, and as they start introducing more LTE on their AWS spectrum, we expect their speed position to change. As all carriers push toward a singular standard, we’ll expect that overall speeds stateside will improve as well.