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T-Mobile
Fastest Mobile Network
(Updated August 1, 2017)
Who has the fastest mobile network in the US? For July 2017 its T-Mobile for the 4th month in a row. T-Mobile was able to maintain the top average LTE download and Upload speed nationwide but with little to no gains or losses. The same goes for Verizon and AT&T, both carrier for the month of July remained relatively flat for performance gain or loss. Sprint saw a slight increase in download speed nationwide but remains a solidly in last place when it comes to download and upload speed. Learn more below.
25 Pts
AT&T
85 Pts
T-Mobile
12 Pts
Sprint
78 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: T-Mobile
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: AT&T
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 12 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
19.00 / 5.81
29.43 / 7.52
10.60 / 2.67
24.32 / 8.50
Atlanta, GA
Roswell / Forest Park
20.12 / 5.47
40.16 / 11.34
20.88 / 4.52
44.06 / 12.92
Baltimore, MD
Towson / Dundalk
21.08 / 7.02
17.34 / 6.14
17.24 / 1.63
28.75 / 7.81
Birmingham, AL
Hoover / Fultondale
24.66 / 9.86
41.80 / 11.08
13.56 / 1.18
28.17 / 16.28
Boston, MA
Dorchester / Medford
24.86 / 8.29
23.16 / 9.97
16.12 / 4.61
38.87 / 9.51
Buffalo, NY
Cheektowaga / Hamburg
24.45 / 7.24
31.18 / 8.36
27.10 / 11.19
15.28 / 5.38
Charlotte, NC
Matthews / Belmont
26.94 / 7.62
11.78 / 4.78
14.02 / 4.71
22.10 / 7.56
Chicago, IL
Wheaton / Evanston
20.42 / 6.01
24.69 / 9.38
12.56 / 5.43
31.12 / 13.00
Cincinnati, OH
Florence / Fairfield
15.32 / 5.79
28.92 / 11.15
18.28 / 3.96
20.23 / 4.22
Cleveland, OH
Lorain / Mentor
30.78 / 8.17
25.01 / 4.75
28.24 / 6.76
26.93 / 8.36
Dallas, TX
Fort Worth / Plano
17.23 / 6.99
24.07 / 8.38
11.50 / 4.51
22.33 / 8.53
Denver, CO
Thornton / Centennial
14.68 / 4.70
12.97 / 7.00
11.17 / 4.15
21.40 / 6.10
Detroit, MI
Pontiac / Warren
21.16 / 5.47
25.37 / 10.14
25.56 / 6.07
28.91 / 8.87
Hartford, CT
Manchester / New Britain
23.15 / 7.05
23.41 / 5.81
40.64 / 3.76
25.88 / 8.57
Houston, TX
Pearland / Baytown
22.55 / 6.59
25.96 / 8.20
11.33 / 3.33
23.49 / 6.15
Indianapolis, IN
Clermont / Cumberland
22.61 / 7.07
47.85 / 4.12
33.10 / 6.74
27.24 / 7.84
Jacksonville, FL
Orange Park / Blount Island
22.96 / 1.01
23.82 / 1.50
26.63 / 4.58
19.21 / 2.19
Kansas City
Overland Park / Liberty
23.53 / 5.95
18.25 / 7.75
11.52 / 3.74
22.58 / 7.19
Las Vegas, NV
Paradise / Henderson
15.87 / 5.52
21.56 / 10.60
15.99 / 2.61
13.53 / 4.32
Little Rock, AR
Sherwood / Pinnacle
17.02 / 5.63
11.02 / 4.89
15.41 / 3.38
26.32 / 9.55
Los Angeles, CA
Santa Ana / Pasadena
23.95 / 8.04
16.44 / 9.26
21.32 / 4.74
22.62 / 10.59
Miami, FL
Ft. Lauderdale / West Palm Beach
22.48 / 6.07
36.72 / 11.29
20.17 / 3.91
25.14 / 8.66
Milwaukee, WI
Franklin / Menomonee Falls
20.94 / 6.21
18.15 / 8.69
26.47 / 3.63
22.14 / 6.31
Minneapolis, MN
St. Paul / Minnetonka
29.49 / 7.89
39.08 / 6.92
11.15 / 3.00
36.10 / 9.73
New York, NY
Brooklyn / Newark
17.71 / 5.80
22.74 / 8.15
15.74 / 4.33
23.32 / 8.08
Oklahoma City, OK
Edmond / Norman
15.10 / 5.02
20.73 / 11.15
23.90 / 5.08
15.04 / 4.84
Orlando, FL
Kissimmee / Sanford
22.29 / 6.53
30.08 / 9.96
19.98 / 5.96
45.44 / 14.88
Philadelphia, PA
Springfield / Cherry Hill
27.51 / 6.20
16.04 / 10.86
13.33 / 3.85
33.57 / 6.20
Phoenix, AZ
Mesa / Glendale
32.31 / 7.56
22.97 / 9.35
8.25 / 2.36
20.19 / 5.95
Pittsburgh, PA
Ross Township / Mt Lebanon
23.85 / 7.92
47.68 / 9.42
23.56 / 7.80
35.50 / 8.48
Portland, OR
Tigard / Gresham
21.46 / 5.41
29.22 / 12.67
26.75 / 7.11
21.95 / 6.19
Sacramento, CA
Elk Grove / Citrus Heights
21.85 / 5.41
15.39 / 7.37
19.66 / 3.87
24.00 / 6.91
Salt Lake City, UT
Bountiful / Sandy
19.98 / 4.39
18.08 / 8.26
14.87 / 5.93
30.85 / 10.71
San Antonio, TX
Von Ormy / Helotes
15.79 / 6.06
23.48 / 6.39
13.59 / 5.71
16.91 / 5.13
San Diego, CA
Chula Vista / El Cajon
22.94 / 9.12
34.21 / 9.39
16.89 / 3.00
19.83 / 9.71
San Fransisco, CA
Oakland / Palo Alto
22.75 / 9.45
22.59 / 9.86
12.67 / 3.85
27.03 / 10.37
Seattle, WA
Kent / Redmond
23.81 / 6.84
26.40 / 9.30
17.17 / 3.75
28.60 / 9.27
St. Louis, MO
Arnold / Alton
17.25 / 5.28
16.39 / 9.59
16.21 / 4.85
45.26 / 18.04
Tampa, FL
Clearwater / St. Petersburg
13.21 / 5.67
30.89 / 9.52
16.74 / 3.70
28.01 / 11.39
Washington, DC
Alexandria / Bowie
21.50 / 5.73
24.01 / 10.86
15.54 / 4.40
26.35 / 6.62

Just how fast are they?

Would you like to know how fast the 4 major wireless carriers are anywhere in the US? Our LTE Coverage Map app does just that, built using the same data, we use for this wireless index your able to find out just how fast each wireless carrier is where you play, live, travel and work.
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Notable Points. July 2017
July 2017 saw little to no growth in performance across the wireless carriers in the US. Three carriers remained relatively flat, with only Sprint seeing modest gains for LTE download speed. Of 40 cities tracked for July Verizon was the fastest in 16 cities, T-Mobile in 15 cities, AT&T in 5 and Sprint in 4. Verizon was the most solid across the board having the second fastest speed in 15 cities.

The sliding we have been seeing in average speed for both Verizon and AT&T since introducing unlimited data may be coming to an end finally. A leveling in average speed combined with a increase in our % of time above 10 Mbps metric for both carriers does show a improvement in the network. We are interested to see if this continues over the next few months as well if Sprint can make more gains in August.

Looking for a city not in our list? Use our coverage map app to search any city in the USA. Find it here.
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.

To help understand how we come to our conclustions we offer a small raw data sample avaiable for you to download here. This small sample of test data from Orlando, Florida taken between 7/1/2017 - 7/31/2017.
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.