AT&T has emerged as the fastest U.S. mobile network in the United States in PCMag’s annual showdown between U.S. carriers. AT&T scored 97 in PCMag’s testing ahead of Verizon’s 94 and T-Mobile’s 91.
Sprint came a distant fourth and scored 82 points in the test. For its testing, PCMag’s team drove through 30 cities and 25 states and conducted over 60,000 speed tests to determine the result. They used a Samsung Galaxy S10 for testing purposes.
In its testing, PCMag’s team got the maximum download speed of 648.3Mbps on T-Mobile’s network, with Verizon’s 4G offering the highest upload speed of 64.1Mbps. However, the average download speed of AT&T was the highest at 69.5Mbps compared to 64.7Mbps for Sprint, 52.5Mbps for T-Mobile, and 59.4Mbps for Verizon. The average ping times were the lowest on T-Mobile and Verizon’s network at 28.64 and 28.37ms, with AT&T being close behind at 31.30ms.
In the 30 cities in which the tests were conducted, AT&T took the first place or tied in at least 15 of them. It was the best operator in the northwest, southwest, north central, and northeast. In terms of reliability, AT&T scored 98% while Verizon and T-Mobile came in second and third with reliability scores of 97% and 96%.
The bigger takeaway from the tests is that all the four major U.S. carriers managed to improve their average LTE speeds and reliability compared to 2018.
Ironically, AT&T was subjected to a lot of criticism this year when it rolled out 4G enhancements as ‘5GE’ thereby misleading consumers into thinking that they were on a 5G network. Well, at least the improvements rolled out by AT&T seem to have been worth it.
U.S. operators are now working to deploy their 5G networks and it is important they ensure their LTE networks deliver the best performance possible. With 5G availability being spotty at best, high-speed LTE networks are important to ensure there’s not a major disruption in user experience while switching networks.