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T-Mobile
Fastest US Mobile Network
(Updated May 2, 2018)
Who has the fastest LTE network in the US? For April 2018 it is T-Mobile, with Verizon coming in second. T-Mobile was the fastest for the second month in a row with a 31.50 Mbps national average download speed, Verizon was second with 29.63 Mbps download. Looking at the numbers its very clear that when it comes to just speed both T-Mobile and Verizon have clearly run away from Sprint and AT&T. Sprint has continued to make gains in download speed this month to become the 3rd fastest in the US, will be interesting to see if that continues over the next few months.
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27 Pts
AT&T
101 Pts
T-Mobile
3 Pts
Sprint
69 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
24.60 / 12.51
12.48 / 5.12
6.46 / 2.47
26.45 / 8.24
Atlanta, GA
Roswell / Forest Park
22.29 / 7.43
44.78 / 11.79
29.49 / 2.86
41.29 / 11.81
Baltimore, MD
Towson / Dundalk
35.10 / 8.58
33.97 / 8.37
18.27 / 3.63
51.31 / 17.78
Birmingham, AL
Hoover / Fultondale
27.38 / 7.35
34.81 / 8.07
18.59 / 4.78
36.89 / 16.13
Boston, MA
Dorchester / Medford
30.62 / 15.99
29.64 / 8.62
25.98 / 4.47
47.39 / 14.10
Buffalo, NY
Cheektowaga / Hamburg
24.43 / 5.95
37.15 / 12.33
28.16 / 5.15
20.99 / 4.23
Charlotte, NC
Matthews / Belmont
25.62 / 6.50
24.23 / 8.71
25.01 / 2.45
25.79 / 7.70
Chicago, IL
Wheaton / Evanston
31.34 / 9.11
32.73 / 8.68
22.37 / 3.94
39.49 / 10.72
Cincinnati, OH
Florence / Fairfield
18.06 / 4.87
23.44 / 12.62
9.56 / 3.06
30.86 / 5.96
Cleveland, OH
Lorain / Mentor
26.32 / 8.82
37.84 / 11.49
19.86 / 2.78
35.59 / 8.22
Dallas, TX
Fort Worth / Plano
18.02 / 8.08
27.34 / 9.50
21.36 / 9.57
26.00 / 12.55
Denver, CO
Thornton / Centennial
23.91 / 5.80
20.37 / 8.47
29.41 / 4.30
25.49 / 6.36
Detroit, MI
Pontiac / Warren
21.45 / 6.80
41.36 / 14.84
21.30 / 4.05
35.18 / 11.94
Hartford, CT
Manchester / New Britain
20.92 / 5.52
30.59 / 11.06
11.88 / 2.91
52.92 / 17.30
Houston, TX
Pearland / Baytown
22.32 / 7.64
19.43 / 7.53
16.27 / 2.74
28.92 / 7.58
Indianapolis, IN
Clermont / Cumberland
32.16 / 10.36
26.25 / 10.37
20.81 / 2.45
27.35 / 9.20
Jacksonville, FL
Orange Park / Blount Island
15.67 / 6.38
31.60 / 10.74
14.91 / 4.56
24.95 / 7.93
Kansas City
Overland Park / Liberty
36.84 / 8.41
28.45 / 8.94
33.93 / 3.70
26.74 / 11.07
Las Vegas, NV
Paradise / Henderson
22.20 / 8.82
25.22 / 10.80
14.23 / 3.31
17.33 / 6.67
Little Rock, AR
Sherwood / Pinnacle
24.08 / 6.86
14.05 / 5.91
10.05 / 1.78
36.73 / 9.71
Los Angeles, CA
Santa Ana / Pasadena
44.24 / 13.73
25.65 / 11.69
21.10 / 2.64
29.43 / 12.63
Miami, FL
Ft. Lauderdale / West Palm Beach
21.62 / 6.95
44.23 / 14.97
21.68 / 2.59
26.35 / 9.18
Milwaukee, WI
Franklin / Menomonee Falls
24.77 / 8.39
18.94 / 5.54
15.62 / 2.40
31.16 / 7.12
Minneapolis, MN
St. Paul / Minnetonka
32.16 / 7.47
43.69 / 14.60
34.71 / 4.21
35.33 / 11.12
New York, NY
Brooklyn / Newark
21.90 / 7.05
29.77 / 9.85
21.10 / 3.56
33.11 / 10.18
Oklahoma City, OK
Edmond / Norman
18.50 / 12.20
28.53 / 9.58
9.60 / 4.76
12.49 / 4.71
Orlando, FL
Kissimmee / Sanford
24.53 / 7.25
41.99 / 12.08
26.46 / 3.44
25.14 / 9.12
Philadelphia, PA
Springfield / Cherry Hill
38.01 / 11.19
39.74 / 11.86
21.07 / 3.50
35.15 / 8.07
Phoenix, AZ
Mesa / Glendale
29.13 / 8.94
29.11 / 11.99
18.42 / 4.00
22.26 / 7.37
Pittsburgh, PA
Ross Township / Mt Lebanon
31.62 / 19.77
38.29 / 14.23
17.29 / 3.24
38.81 / 15.08
Portland, OR
Tigard / Gresham
25.89 / 6.53
23.77 / 10.19
10.04 / 2.23
26.93 / 9.49
Sacramento, CA
Elk Grove / Citrus Heights
17.69 / 5.70
37.92 / 14.43
35.54 / 3.22
51.20 / 15.03
Salt Lake City, UT
Bountiful / Sandy
27.82 / 7.93
32.93 / 9.94
14.40 / 2.11
18.41 / 7.14
San Antonio, TX
Von Ormy / Helotes
19.84 / 5.61
29.83 / 8.90
20.88 / 1.62
23.82 / 6.54
San Diego, CA
Chula Vista / El Cajon
27.85 / 11.78
33.80 / 10.82
25.50 / 4.44
28.82 / 9.73
San Fransisco, CA
Oakland / Palo Alto
26.32 / 18.72
29.10 / 10.23
17.35 / 2.76
33.26 / 10.04
Seattle, WA
Kent / Redmond
28.55 / 8.15
32.10 / 11.84
28.58 / 4.22
28.52 / 8.71
St. Louis, MO
Arnold / Alton
24.70 / 7.54
30.55 / 10.03
12.37 / 2.64
41.56 / 17.84
Tampa, FL
Clearwater / St. Petersburg
28.48 / 8.24
38.32 / 12.05
32.46 / 3.01
25.54 / 8.67
Washington, DC
Alexandria / Bowie
29.41 / 8.85
29.89 / 9.67
23.63 / 3.52
33.29 / 12.29

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. April 2018
For April 2018 the trend of both T-Mobile and Verizon being the run away networks for speed continues. Both networks still have a substantial lead in speed over the completion. In our top 40 cities list it's really not even close as T-Mobile and Verizon are the top network in 35 of 40 cities tracked. Looking at our long term chart shows a healthy gap between the top 2 and bottom 2 performing networks. We expect this trend to continue for the time being.

Even with the gap between the top 2 and bottom 2 networks, every network had some gains for the month or April. All 4 networks are solidly above 10 Mbps 50% of the time. Sprint made some really nice gains in nationwide download speed average, now above 22 Mbps where the same time last year they had a 16.82 Mbps download average.

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 04/1/2018 - 04/30/2018.
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.