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Verizon Wireless
Fastest Mobile Network
(Updated April 3, 2017)
Who has the fastest mobile network in the US? For March 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 20 of 40 cities tracked. Verizon Wireless scored the most points with 115 out of a 200 total points across all 4 mobile networks. With 58 points T-Mobile is a solid second place in March 2017, again T-Mobile had the fastest upload speed nationwide, was fastest in 11 cities, and had the lowest drop in download speed month-over-month. Learn more below.
21 Pts
AT&T
58 Pts
T-Mobile
6 Pts
Sprint
115 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 8 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
13.56 / 4.80
24.82 / 4.82
6.77 / 3.80
34.58 / 11.54
Atlanta, GA
Roswell / Forest Park
22.47 / 7.08
36.42 / 9.04
30.32 / 4.08
30.93 / 12.62
Baltimore, MD
Towson / Dundalk
29.07 / 8.10
21.20 / 15.35
13.29 / 2.36
33.80 / 7.22
Birmingham, AL
Hoover / Fultondale
15.12 / 3.51
24.43 / 8.30
8.18 / 5.61
22.94 / 7.52
Boston, MA
Dorchester / Medford
32.75 / 9.93
17.11 / 7.08
19.14 / 2.68
35.28 / 7.26
Buffalo, NY
Cheektowaga / Hamburg
13.00 / 8.01
15.05 / 2.95
13.84 / 3.97
31.25 / 7.37
Charlotte, NC
Matthews / Belmont
20.11 / 7.40
23.57 / 5.19
14.03 / 1.58
20.61 / 5.86
Chicago, IL
Wheaton / Evanston
25.03 / 7.65
27.93 / 11.00
17.52 / 5.42
34.60 / 14.63
Cincinnati, OH
Florence / Fairfield
10.62 / 5.84
11.30 / 3.15
12.26 / 3.49
18.06 / 4.97
Cleveland, OH
Lorain / Mentor
26.81 / 8.93
49.93 / 13.77
15.27 / 2.47
27.07 / 10.76
Dallas, TX
Fort Worth / Plano
14.19 / 5.84
28.04 / 9.09
18.75 / 3.87
25.61 / 7.17
Denver, CO
Thornton / Centennial
11.61 / 4.73
14.27 / 4.98
16.47 / 4.61
24.55 / 3.88
Detroit, MI
Pontiac / Warren
25.18 / 7.59
30.68 / 6.26
12.45 / 2.68
31.16 / 14.35
Hartford, CT
Manchester / New Britain
23.86 / 5.65
26.34 / 10.29
11.31 / 2.52
33.28 / 7.90
Houston, TX
Pearland / Baytown
27.03 / 7.49
23.29 / 9.68
13.49 / 3.25
25.03 / 5.87
Indianapolis, IN
Clermont / Cumberland
26.17 / 8.40
14.69 / 4.17
12.67 / 2.26
31.59 / 8.04
Jacksonville, FL
Orange Park / Blount Island
19.80 / 1.91
31.77 / 7.28
12.46 / 4.19
25.57 / 1.69
Kansas City
Overland Park / Liberty
23.66 / 5.37
32.09 / 8.12
12.57 / 4.34
27.44 / 4.03
Las Vegas, NV
Paradise / Henderson
17.57 / 6.89
18.40 / 7.87
20.27 / 3.83
13.75 / 3.86
Little Rock, AR
Sherwood / Pinnacle
15.45 / 7.06
4.84 / 1.90
7.26 / 3.98
25.95 / 6.97
Los Angeles, CA
Santa Ana / Pasadena
28.62 / 8.64
21.22 / 9.84
17.59 / 3.53
23.74 / 10.78
Miami, FL
Ft. Lauderdale / West Palm Beach
19.44 / 5.39
25.59 / 9.35
13.20 / 3.83
26.16 / 10.66
Milwaukee, WI
Franklin / Menomonee Falls
36.30 / 7.68
16.94 / 6.57
9.08 / 2.28
32.49 / 8.83
Minneapolis, MN
St. Paul / Minnetonka
28.64 / 6.15
37.77 / 7.33
10.78 / 4.63
35.37 / 11.40
New York, NY
Brooklyn / Newark
22.58 / 6.44
21.36 / 8.24
12.99 / 3.74
24.54 / 7.34
Oklahoma City, OK
Edmond / Norman
21.01 / 6.66
22.65 / 8.78
5.50 / 2.63
15.03 / 6.27
Orlando, FL
Kissimmee / Sanford
22.68 / 6.94
22.28 / 10.91
17.23 / 2.78
26.06 / 10.10
Philadelphia, PA
Springfield / Cherry Hill
36.84 / 6.94
30.83 / 11.07
17.04 / 3.22
22.61 / 5.64
Phoenix, AZ
Mesa / Glendale
26.45 / 6.54
13.42 / 7.37
10.44 / 2.87
18.17 / 5.24
Pittsburgh, PA
Ross Township / Mt Lebanon
28.06 / 10.18
28.01 / 5.17
9.03 / 2.49
52.09 / 12.04
Portland, OR
Tigard / Gresham
14.01 / 4.58
25.41 / 5.59
11.39 / 3.81
30.67 / 6.06
Sacramento, CA
Elk Grove / Citrus Heights
23.42 / 6.40
14.16 / 7.59
30.19 / 4.52
24.46 / 8.61
Salt Lake City, UT
Bountiful / Sandy
14.11 / 5.67
17.54 / 6.89
17.32 / 4.56
31.84 / 8.88
San Antonio, TX
Von Ormy / Helotes
16.16 / 6.54
17.42 / 6.88
9.21 / 2.52
18.87 / 4.40
San Diego, CA
Chula Vista / El Cajon
25.85 / 7.31
22.00 / 10.52
17.94 / 2.56
21.63 / 10.14
San Fransisco, CA
Oakland / Palo Alto
29.91 / 9.18
21.46 / 8.05
15.61 / 3.54
34.01 / 9.34
Seattle, WA
Kent / Redmond
20.81 / 4.69
25.74 / 8.76
19.60 / 6.84
23.73 / 7.83
St. Louis, MO
Arnold / Alton
13.37 / 4.38
16.14 / 5.10
8.59 / 2.79
21.62 / 9.71
Tampa, FL
Clearwater / St. Petersburg
27.87 / 8.93
28.14 / 7.11
7.26 / 3.30
22.07 / 6.11
Washington, DC
Alexandria / Bowie
23.65 / 5.90
16.88 / 9.30
10.19 / 3.18
20.29 / 4.45
Wireless Speed Index
Notable Points. March 2017
T-Mobile for March 2017 has created a nice gap between itself and AT&T from the previous month. AT&T had a significant drop in its national average download speed, only was the fastest wireless provider in 7 out of 40 cities tracked, making it 3rd fastest overall. The previous month AT&T was the fastest in 14 cities tracked. AT&T also fell below the 60% mark in the time above 10 Mbps. Verizon generally dominates across the country being the fastest overall provider but while the score might not show it, the gap between Verizon and T-Mobile is getting smaller. Will be watching over the coming months to see if this trend continues.

The Sprint LTE network month-over-month has made little improvement if any. It was the fastest in 2 out of 40 cities tracked, second fastest in 2 cities but saw a small drop in nation average download speed for March to 14.10 Mbps. Sprint also has yet to crack the greater than 50% mark for percent of time above 10 Mbps.
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 includes 500 test from Orlando, Florida taken between 3/1/2017 - 3/31/2017.
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.