PCMag has been conducting research on a new project, which was the Fastest Mobile Network's project. And now all the data has been tallied up from everyone that participated and the results are in. This ranks the four major carriers data networks by using the results from speed tests in a variety of cities on all four carriers and ranks them by speed and reliability. For instance, while T-Mobile was the fastest in about half of the cities, a good number of them were still on EDGE therefore kicked them out of the top spot. PCMag used a LG G2 on all four networks, except for the LG Vortex on Verizon to test the CDMA network over there. They used the Sensorly Speed test app and ran it several times, about every 3 minutes. They collected over 90,000 results in 30 different cities.
It appears that Verizon has the fastest network – also the most reliable says big red. Verizon scored a 90 out of 100 in the Mobile Speed index, with download speeds of 19.6mbps and upload of 9.3mbps. And just for kicks, the high was 84.3mbps down and 44.3mbps up. Of course that's with XLTE being pushed out now. T-Mobile came in second with a score of 85 out of 100. They saw download speeds of 16.8mbps and upload of 9.7mbps. The interesting part is that T-Mobile beat out everyone in 15 of the 30 cities.
AT&T came in third with a score of 73 out of 100. It saw download speeds of 11.9mbps and upload of about 6.3mbps. Which is quite a bit slower than what I've seen on their network. But remember that these numbers are averages. It's a pretty big drop from last year's testing, but AT&T is also working to improve their network by using the 2.3GHz spectrum they have. So they should see a big improvement for next year.
Finally we have Sprint, who came in last with a score of 49 out of 100. Their averages were 6.8mbps down and 3.3mbps up. Which is close to what I see when I was using the Kyocera Hydro Vibe recently on the Now network. PCMag also stated that only 289 out of the 29,000 speed tests for Sprint's network came in with over 50mbps. So it looks like Spark didn't help them as much as they'd hoped. Which is understandable as it's only in a handful of markets at this point. But that will change by this time next year.
So what do you think? Do we really have the slowest mobile internet in the world? Well we are near the bottom of the pack when compared to other countries, according to Sprint's Chairman Masayoshi Son. Let us know what you think in the comments below.