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T-Mobile
Fastest US Mobile Network
(Updated September 7, 2018)
Who has the fastest LTE network in the US? For August 2018 and for the 6th month in a row it is T-Mobile, with Verizon coming in second. Both T-Mobile and Verizon match up closely when it comes to speed with T-Mobile having a slight edge in nationwide download and upload speed. In most locations across the country either T-Mobile or Verizon will be the fastest performing network with just about 30 Mbps + download speed from each network. Both AT&T and Sprint saw some decent gains this month in network performance.
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37 Pts
AT&T
90 Pts
T-Mobile
6 Pts
Sprint
67 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
23.88 / 16.82
25.30 / 9.62
13.73 / 2.17
31.81 / 11.76
Atlanta, GA
Roswell / Forest Park
23.04 / 7.92
46.65 / 12.83
12.21 / 2.33
43.97 / 9.06
Baltimore, MD
Towson / Dundalk
26.84 / 8.32
33.33 / 11.44
23.58 / 3.05
27.53 / 9.96
Birmingham, AL
Hoover / Fultondale
13.65 / 6.04
27.61 / 10.37
15.42 / 4.54
36.50 / 13.13
Boston, MA
Dorchester / Medford
29.56 / 9.76
44.30 / 10.26
25.43 / 3.35
51.38 / 12.33
Buffalo, NY
Cheektowaga / Hamburg
32.17 / 6.94
22.92 / 9.92
12.70 / 1.17
24.61 / 6.38
Charlotte, NC
Matthews / Belmont
21.44 / 5.30
22.70 / 7.38
9.75 / 2.28
18.08 / 5.65
Chicago, IL
Wheaton / Evanston
25.86 / 9.90
23.80 / 9.44
29.50 / 4.10
37.34 / 12.57
Cincinnati, OH
Florence / Fairfield
28.82 / 11.27
23.39 / 6.29
28.84 / 5.61
34.53 / 11.86
Cleveland, OH
Lorain / Mentor
24.19 / 6.41
39.99 / 13.71
21.64 / 3.25
26.93 / 10.27
Dallas, TX
Fort Worth / Plano
20.88 / 9.20
31.18 / 9.62
23.08 / 2.99
27.21 / 11.69
Denver, CO
Thornton / Centennial
26.54 / 7.25
30.16 / 8.69
21.62 / 2.99
30.88 / 7.50
Detroit, MI
Pontiac / Warren
28.27 / 7.03
39.47 / 11.83
14.10 / 2.82
38.28 / 11.45
Hartford, CT
Manchester / New Britain
26.59 / 7.82
33.71 / 9.26
23.66 / 4.15
38.36 / 10.90
Houston, TX
Pearland / Baytown
23.66 / 7.22
33.01 / 11.07
26.32 / 2.73
30.67 / 7.56
Indianapolis, IN
Clermont / Cumberland
32.89 / 8.98
14.41 / 6.05
25.08 / 2.85
23.08 / 7.54
Jacksonville, FL
Orange Park / Blount Island
22.51 / 5.73
33.23 / 8.01
9.89 / 6.21
26.84 / 9.49
Kansas City
Overland Park / Liberty
17.90 / 5.97
12.89 / 4.22
33.89 / 3.48
23.88 / 8.18
Las Vegas, NV
Paradise / Henderson
33.80 / 9.81
24.57 / 8.33
19.61 / 2.27
31.72 / 7.81
Little Rock, AR
Sherwood / Pinnacle
23.79 / 7.39
33.12 / 9.03
16.73 / 5.38
18.55 / 5.49
Los Angeles, CA
Santa Ana / Pasadena
41.84 / 11.59
25.63 / 11.62
27.16 / 3.76
30.98 / 10.06
Miami, FL
Ft. Lauderdale / West Palm Beach
28.58 / 7.21
46.36 / 13.18
28.92 / 2.82
32.24 / 11.66
Milwaukee, WI
Franklin / Menomonee Falls
24.24 / 6.84
6.52 / 5.33
16.68 / 2.63
34.06 / 9.09
Minneapolis, MN
St. Paul / Minnetonka
31.22 / 9.66
45.62 / 10.61
24.79 / 3.55
43.84 / 12.73
New York, NY
Brooklyn / Newark
23.73 / 7.29
30.37 / 10.11
23.18 / 4.05
29.48 / 9.44
Oklahoma City, OK
Edmond / Norman
22.04 / 7.42
27.54 / 8.63
18.97 / 2.90
30.69 / 8.15
Orlando, FL
Kissimmee / Sanford
24.60 / 6.88
42.98 / 13.37
23.55 / 4.91
33.21 / 14.11
Philadelphia, PA
Springfield / Cherry Hill
36.59 / 5.83
29.59 / 9.94
15.68 / 2.22
32.49 / 9.73
Phoenix, AZ
Mesa / Glendale
29.10 / 7.52
25.21 / 11.90
18.08 / 3.63
25.68 / 8.71
Pittsburgh, PA
Ross Township / Mt Lebanon
24.54 / 7.70
45.49 / 13.28
21.38 / 4.11
38.64 / 9.99
Portland, OR
Tigard / Gresham
29.55 / 6.53
32.51 / 10.26
34.75 / 3.21
20.48 / 8.95
Sacramento, CA
Elk Grove / Citrus Heights
36.39 / 13.61
28.76 / 10.36
28.42 / 4.20
36.32 / 10.02
Salt Lake City, UT
Bountiful / Sandy
16.75 / 6.91
33.14 / 9.41
23.21 / 3.95
36.87 / 11.05
San Antonio, TX
Von Ormy / Helotes
23.88 / 7.12
32.96 / 11.62
20.18 / 2.39
34.02 / 11.00
San Diego, CA
Chula Vista / El Cajon
29.52 / 9.97
25.94 / 11.44
25.66 / 4.77
30.70 / 10.59
San Fransisco, CA
Oakland / Palo Alto
37.67 / 9.18
36.61 / 13.38
30.87 / 3.80
35.06 / 10.57
Seattle, WA
Kent / Redmond
19.63 / 8.17
28.27 / 7.62
32.47 / 2.85
36.42 / 12.60
St. Louis, MO
Arnold / Alton
36.51 / 7.49
17.17 / 6.08
13.52 / 3.28
26.73 / 11.04
Tampa, FL
Clearwater / St. Petersburg
26.91 / 5.54
41.95 / 11.53
22.13 / 2.82
25.31 / 8.41
Washington, DC
Alexandria / Bowie
32.48 / 9.15
28.78 / 9.82
23.12 / 3.78
32.90 / 9.79

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. August 2018
For August 2018 the trend of both T-Moible and Verizon being the run away for network speed continues. The 2 networks took the top spot in 29 out of 40 cities in our list. That said all 4 major US networks have made some significant gains over the past few months with all 4 networks being above 10 Mbps more than 50% of the time, this makes everything feel significantly faster.

In several of the cities we track we are seeing repeat month-over-month of greater than 40 Mbps from multiple carriers across thousands of tests. This is a huge improvement for all 4 networks from this time last year. From what we see very few locations across the US see single digit download speed for a month long average anymore.

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 08/1/2018 - 08/31/2018.
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.