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Verizon Wireless
Fastest Mobile Network
(Updated March 3, 2017)
Who has the fastest mobile network in the US? For February 2017 it is Verizon Wireless. With the top average LTE download speed nationwide with the lowest latency as well as having the fastest LTE download in 17 of 40 cities tracked. Verizon Wireless scored the most points with 91 out of a 200 total points across all 4 mobile networks. While not the fastest AT&T and T-Mobile are a close second and third, Sprint has also made big improvements, it's now 50% faster in Feb 2017 vs Dec 2016. Learn more below.
57 Pts
AT&T
49 Pts
T-Mobile
3 Pts
Sprint
91 Pts
Verizon

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Network Comparison
Fastest Download
This chart shows the average LTE download speed (Mbps) for each network nationwide. Measured in Mbps, higher is better.
Winner: Verizon
Fastest Upload
This chart shows the average LTE upload speed for each network nationwide. Measured in Mbps, higher is better.
Winner: T-Mobile
Lowest Latency
This chart shows the average latency for LTE connections for each network nationwide. Measured in milliseconds, lower is better.
Winner: Verizon
By Region
Download
This chart shows the average LTE download speed in 5 US regions from 40 cities tracked for each network. Measured in Mbps.
Upload
This chart shows the average LTE upload speed in 5 US regions from 40 cities tracked for each network. Measured in Mbps.
% of Time Above
Download Greater Than
This chart shows the amount of time a network had a LTE download speed greater than 10 Mbps. Based on nationwide average, shown as percent.
Change: 10 Mbps - 20 Mbps - 50 Mbps
ISP Data
This long-term chart shows how each of the 4 major LTE networks in the US perform against each other for download speed over a period of 7 months. The data is nationwide and speeds measured in Mbps.
Top 40 Citites
The table below shows the average download and upload speed for each of the 4 major LTE networks in the United States in 40 cities tracked. Results in bold are the fastest download for the given city.
City
AT&T
Download / Upload Mbps
T-Mobile
Download / Upload Mbps
Sprint
Download / Upload Mbps
Verizon
Download / Upload Mbps
Albuquerque, NM
Rio Rancho / South Valley
27.72 / 13.49
22.62 / 5.82
6.09 / 2.49
20.93 / 6.90
Atlanta, GA
Roswell / Forest Park
23.18 / 7.12
21.65 / 12.24
9.16 / 3.48
21.74 / 8.45
Baltimore, MD
Towson / Dundalk
23.72 / 6.28
24.25 / 9.17
13.60 / 3.06
18.35 / 6.28
Birmingham, AL
Hoover / Fultondale
28.89 / 6.40
30.95 / 6.58
9.15 / 2.76
6.94 / 1.14
Boston, MA
Dorchester / Medford
38.58 / 10.61
34.65 / 10.93
15.81 / 2.73
34.50 / 7.70
Buffalo, NY
Cheektowaga / Hamburg
18.08 / 8.90
12.92 / 6.88
16.33 / 7.24
13.43 / 2.90
Charlotte, NC
Matthews / Belmont
30.03 / 7.40
22.77 / 6.00
9.12 / 3.37
24.36 / 7.78
Chicago, IL
Wheaton / Evanston
33.21 / 7.47
23.47 / 9.36
20.53 / 5.31
35.79 / 13.44
Cincinnati, OH
Florence / Fairfield
16.63 / 6.34
35.75 / 4.01
13.31 / 2.83
23.93 / 5.18
Cleveland, OH
Lorain / Mentor
27.22 / 9.82
37.38 / 10.02
15.71 / 5.78
22.97 / 6.10
Dallas, TX
Fort Worth / Plano
18.44 / 7.44
31.41 / 9.83
24.58 / 4.72
21.11 / 6.52
Denver, CO
Thornton / Centennial
14.02 / 5.80
10.57 / 5.10
15.70 / 4.08
29.18 / 4.48
Detroit, MI
Pontiac / Warren
21.04 / 5.52
32.47 / 12.37
15.42 / 4.07
35.55 / 11.41
Hartford, CT
Manchester / New Britain
26.96 / 4.64
25.37 / 5.04
6.98 / 1.64
20.01 / 4.58
Houston, TX
Pearland / Baytown
25.92 / 7.52
23.93 / 8.48
14.88 / 3.62
27.06 / 5.23
Indianapolis, IN
Clermont / Cumberland
21.23 / 8.97
15.33 / 8.02
23.38 / 4.45
23.11 / 6.72
Jacksonville, FL
Orange Park / Blount Island
19.78 / 1.85
31.24 / 2.98
8.14 / 4.26
36.78 / 1.36
Kansas City
Overland Park / Liberty
18.98 / 4.53
26.21 / 12.03
16.41 / 4.42
30.03 / 7.69
Las Vegas, NV
Paradise / Henderson
23.86 / 6.81
11.17 / 5.79
17.96 / 3.21
15.31 / 3.99
Little Rock, AR
Sherwood / Pinnacle
26.03 / 7.71
4.61 / 1.94
2.22 / 1.16
35.65 / 4.47
Los Angeles, CA
Santa Ana / Pasadena
26.89 / 7.85
23.16 / 9.19
19.37 / 4.29
24.63 / 9.35
Miami, FL
Ft. Lauderdale / West Palm Beach
21.50 / 5.12
30.05 / 11.10
24.29 / 3.09
24.97 / 8.31
Milwaukee, WI
Franklin / Menomonee Falls
23.82 / 5.68
21.97 / 5.33
9.28 / 2.63
46.82 / 10.21
Minneapolis, MN
St. Paul / Minnetonka
26.33 / 4.80
32.29 / 11.14
10.69 / 3.62
40.53 / 10.17
New York, NY
Brooklyn / Newark
22.06 / 6.35
21.63 / 8.18
11.82 / 3.74
25.72 / 7.67
Oklahoma City, OK
Edmond / Norman
21.54 / 6.83
20.89 / 7.99
14.99 / 3.28
15.34 / 5.16
Orlando, FL
Kissimmee / Sanford
23.54 / 6.58
30.45 / 10.53
25.04 / 5.85
24.72 / 7.26
Philadelphia, PA
Springfield / Cherry Hill
32.33 / 6.37
24.43 / 9.07
15.30 / 2.96
27.97 / 6.24
Phoenix, AZ
Mesa / Glendale
25.74 / 8.38
17.05 / 5.87
8.99 / 2.43
21.55 / 5.76
Pittsburgh, PA
Ross Township / Mt Lebanon
38.94 / 8.84
28.54 / 8.36
4.03 / 1.78
23.33 / 6.03
Portland, OR
Tigard / Gresham
10.64 / 3.44
21.43 / 10.31
11.56 / 4.26
23.89 / 7.95
Sacramento, CA
Elk Grove / Citrus Heights
29.41 / 8.97
18.26 / 6.73
28.99 / 6.17
33.19 / 9.36
Salt Lake City, UT
Bountiful / Sandy
22.50 / 8.51
19.90 / 5.71
14.88 / 4.62
10.99 / 7.30
San Antonio, TX
Von Ormy / Helotes
16.27 / 5.46
15.12 / 6.52
13.27 / 3.31
20.35 / 5.83
San Diego, CA
Chula Vista / El Cajon
27.15 / 8.96
26.63 / 9.36
16.64 / 1.89
27.86 / 10.62
San Fransisco, CA
Oakland / Palo Alto
32.10 / 9.32
18.16 / 7.59
20.22 / 4.17
25.52 / 9.82
Seattle, WA
Kent / Redmond
23.03 / 5.17
22.86 / 7.14
25.69 / 4.95
38.96 / 10.31
St. Louis, MO
Arnold / Alton
25.91 / 4.23
19.12 / 15.86
4.78 / 3.26
35.71 / 10.87
Tampa, FL
Clearwater / St. Petersburg
22.31 / 6.69
22.16 / 8.45
17.72 / 4.11
24.52 / 13.37
Washington, DC
Alexandria / Bowie
20.77 / 5.20
25.06 / 8.87
14.67 / 3.10
16.68 / 7.33
Wireless Speed Index
Notable Points. Feb 2017
While not the fastest, AT&T and T-Mobile are a close second and third to each other being only 8 points apart in our score. With AT&T having the fastest LTE download in 14 cities tracked, second fastest also in 14 cities. T-Mobile only had the fastest download speed in 8 cities but is having success on the upload side, having the fastest average LTE upload speed nationwide, in 3 out of 5 regions and beating Verizon in all but the West.

The Sprint LTE network while only being the fastest in 1 out of 40 cities tracked on a national average has still made a big improvement. Looking at our ISP data chart you can see that on a national average Sprint is over 50% faster in February 2017 compared to December 2016. It will be very interesting to see if this trend continues thought the year.
What's it about?
That's what this "State of LTE in the US" index answers monthly. All data for this index is crowd sourced and gathered through the SpeedSmart Speed Test app for iOS and Android. Every month users take millions of speed tests using our app, this gives us an edge because our data is provided only by users not by ISP's or companies driving around in a van. That means we get real data from real people using their device in normal ways and at locations like your home or office, places you actually use data. The index is updated monthly so be sure to check back and see who's the fastest.
What is this 200 point scale thing?
It's a simple system we use to award a winner each month. A network is given 10 points for each section (Fastest Download, Fastest Upload, or Lowest Latency) they win, 5 points for each region won for download or upload speed, 3 points per city where the network has the fastest LTE download will be given. There is 200 total points available, the network with the most points is the fastest for the current month.