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T-Mobile
Fastest US Mobile Network
(Updated November 1, 2018)
Who has the fastest LTE network in the US? For October 2018 and for the 8th straight month it is T-Mobile, with Verizon coming in right behind T-Mobile. Both networks are very fast and generally all the major 4 networks in the US are getting faster. The gains for AT&T and Sprint were small but any gain is welcome. Verizon crossed 32 Mbps national average with T-Mobile now well above 35 Mbps. We believe that the new iPhone XS and XS Max has a lot to do with these gains.
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42 Pts
AT&T
87 Pts
T-Mobile
3 Pts
Sprint
68 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
22.16 / 8.84
35.84 / 10.47
16.85 / 3.75
21.44 / 8.65
Atlanta, GA
Roswell / Forest Park
24.45 / 8.06
43.14 / 13.32
22.82 / 3.25
40.18 / 12.16
Baltimore, MD
Towson / Dundalk
33.14 / 7.18
39.72 / 11.81
19.79 / 2.78
41.14 / 10.53
Birmingham, AL
Hoover / Fultondale
19.92 / 11.02
46.56 / 16.89
10.01 / 4.05
32.38 / 11.80
Boston, MA
Dorchester / Medford
35.93 / 10.29
35.55 / 14.43
19.25 / 3.49
39.56 / 9.07
Buffalo, NY
Cheektowaga / Hamburg
27.81 / 10.61
29.94 / 10.66
24.27 / 2.09
43.99 / 8.49
Charlotte, NC
Matthews / Belmont
22.25 / 7.07
30.44 / 10.00
13.46 / 3.15
30.67 / 7.75
Chicago, IL
Wheaton / Evanston
38.12 / 10.53
30.69 / 13.76
24.38 / 4.76
34.44 / 13.43
Cincinnati, OH
Florence / Fairfield
33.18 / 10.01
22.05 / 6.09
23.80 / 2.52
33.70 / 11.59
Cleveland, OH
Lorain / Mentor
35.66 / 7.81
46.92 / 14.44
22.09 / 3.45
32.55 / 11.03
Dallas, TX
Fort Worth / Plano
20.73 / 8.08
41.85 / 12.06
25.55 / 3.96
34.83 / 13.26
Denver, CO
Thornton / Centennial
28.17 / 8.94
37.41 / 7.92
38.76 / 2.77
24.81 / 6.48
Detroit, MI
Pontiac / Warren
27.53 / 7.31
39.72 / 9.38
27.93 / 3.32
36.62 / 9.95
Hartford, CT
Manchester / New Britain
22.77 / 7.79
23.40 / 6.39
28.60 / 6.29
51.45 / 13.24
Houston, TX
Pearland / Baytown
31.72 / 8.99
36.22 / 11.83
31.85 / 4.16
30.42 / 8.93
Indianapolis, IN
Clermont / Cumberland
29.23 / 9.54
22.06 / 8.53
26.35 / 2.60
30.73 / 8.05
Jacksonville, FL
Orange Park / Blount Island
21.43 / 5.74
40.70 / 6.13
17.03 / 4.37
35.38 / 7.32
Kansas City
Overland Park / Liberty
34.01 / 6.65
32.57 / 12.96
33.77 / 3.20
32.01 / 9.31
Las Vegas, NV
Paradise / Henderson
34.27 / 9.44
34.77 / 11.55
28.20 / 3.38
27.68 / 6.65
Little Rock, AR
Sherwood / Pinnacle
18.82 / 5.91
17.12 / 9.03
24.36 / 2.99
27.04 / 9.62
Los Angeles, CA
Santa Ana / Pasadena
29.75 / 9.32
24.39 / 12.17
26.24 / 3.92
32.27 / 11.57
Miami, FL
Ft. Lauderdale / West Palm Beach
26.66 / 6.49
46.22 / 13.43
24.34 / 2.65
31.02 / 9.35
Milwaukee, WI
Franklin / Menomonee Falls
34.70 / 10.17
29.36 / 6.65
10.33 / 1.40
30.09 / 5.59
Minneapolis, MN
St. Paul / Minnetonka
40.73 / 8.42
26.19 / 5.63
19.01 / 4.16
36.13 / 7.37
New York, NY
Brooklyn / Newark
28.01 / 6.90
38.80 / 10.37
22.79 / 3.83
39.88 / 9.50
Oklahoma City, OK
Edmond / Norman
23.52 / 8.96
21.65 / 12.15
22.88 / 2.88
30.16 / 9.35
Orlando, FL
Kissimmee / Sanford
29.97 / 8.33
42.75 / 11.59
31.89 / 3.75
32.74 / 12.56
Philadelphia, PA
Springfield / Cherry Hill
34.12 / 8.05
39.02 / 11.87
29.01 / 4.44
40.77 / 8.96
Phoenix, AZ
Mesa / Glendale
34.47 / 8.24
32.85 / 8.49
26.50 / 3.76
30.50 / 9.45
Pittsburgh, PA
Ross Township / Mt Lebanon
34.09 / 9.97
46.37 / 12.93
29.75 / 2.46
39.02 / 11.51
Portland, OR
Tigard / Gresham
38.35 / 7.65
32.65 / 10.47
24.78 / 4.26
32.60 / 12.33
Sacramento, CA
Elk Grove / Citrus Heights
20.96 / 5.59
25.63 / 8.33
19.01 / 2.76
61.10 / 18.24
Salt Lake City, UT
Bountiful / Sandy
25.31 / 8.92
24.02 / 7.63
20.10 / 2.22
31.17 / 11.47
San Antonio, TX
Von Ormy / Helotes
21.20 / 8.14
13.42 / 8.86
22.34 / 2.70
25.87 / 9.62
San Diego, CA
Chula Vista / El Cajon
33.80 / 11.88
34.35 / 12.08
25.03 / 4.17
28.70 / 11.71
San Fransisco, CA
Oakland / Palo Alto
40.16 / 20.63
36.54 / 12.41
26.12 / 3.58
37.19 / 9.33
Seattle, WA
Kent / Redmond
23.94 / 7.57
32.19 / 10.12
32.03 / 8.53
46.50 / 10.69
St. Louis, MO
Arnold / Alton
49.36 / 9.38
19.35 / 8.69
18.74 / 3.22
32.76 / 14.58
Tampa, FL
Clearwater / St. Petersburg
32.53 / 7.88
38.87 / 12.39
37.94 / 3.94
28.52 / 8.48
Washington, DC
Alexandria / Bowie
35.13 / 9.08
19.93 / 12.02
34.28 / 3.95
33.49 / 9.16

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.
LTE Coverage Map
LTE Coverage Map
Wireless Speed Index
Notable Points. September 2018
For October 2018 all 4 networks saw an improvement in their nationwide average speed, when drilling down to specific cities the gains in some locations are greater than 10% of previous months. This of course will fluctuate, but we believe that a lot of this can be attributed to the release of the new iPhone XS and XS Max. The new iPhone has on average 29% faster download across the US vs. the iPhone X and iPhone 8. As more people purchase the new iPhone and carriers update their networks across the country with the latest LTE tech. We think that avg. Download and upload speeds will increase significantly over the coming months.

Every network had a significant percentage gain in our "% of time above" chart from the previous month. All 4 networks are closing in on being above 10 Mbps 60% of the time, this is quite the improvement from just a year ago. Sprint being the only network just shy of this, we expect this to change in the next couple of months. Tho it is still very much a 2 network race with T-Mobile and Verizon going head-to-head both were the fastest in 30 out of 40 cities tracked.

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 10/1/2018 - 10/31/2018.
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.