T-Mobile and AT&T dominate 2021 5G/4G network speed tests, Verizon slips
T-Mobile’s combination of an expansive low-band 5G network, coupled with its Ultra Capacity to mid-band efforts made possible by the Sprint merger, maintains reap the rewards of 5G speed, like the latest umlaut report (commissioned by Un-carrier) rates it as the fastest 5G network in key markets with average download speeds of 200 Mbps.
T-Mobile takes 5G network speed reign in 2021, where are Verizon and AT&T?
- T-Mobile won in 24 cities and rural areas and tied in two; AT&T won eight; Verizon only won two.
- T-Mobile had the fastest average 5G download AND upload speeds.
- T-Mobile had the most 5G availability.
- “The availability of 5G from other operators does not really matter, for the moment”
- “Verizon’s overall speeds declined slightly from 2020 to 2021…possibly due to congestion.”
- “AT&T’s 5G network results were often slower than its 4G network.”
- “In 2017, carriers bet on the future of 5G. T-Mobile placed the right… It bought Sprint to take advantage of Sprint’s huge cache of largely unused midband waves and the has all transferred to 5G.”
- “[T-Mobile’s] range and capacity will only grow as it continues to build and add equipment, and AT&T and Verizon will have to scramble to catch up.”
Verizon, on the other hand, was a bit crowded, as you’d expect from America’s largest carrier, and slipped into the 4G/5G ranks for the first time, even though it still offers 5G mmWave the faster in very limited places.