There are a slew of companies which put out their own reports about the state of the wireless networks in the US (some do Canada as well), and this time it's OpenSignal's turn. Today, they released their report on the four networks in the US – Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. And for some, the results might be a bit surprising. Of the six awards handed out, T-Mobile took home four of them. This included Download Speed for 4G and 3G, Download Speed: Overall, and Latency on their 3G network. While Sprint took the award for Latency:4G and Verizon got the award for LTE Availability. AT&T took home zero awards. Which is a bit surprising given the fact that they are the second largest wireless network in the country.
OpenSignal is a bit different from RootMetrics, in the fact that their data is actually crowd sourced. So for all of you that use OpenSignal and have it constantly running on your smartphone, your data was used in this report to paint an accurate picture of how well – or how bad – these networks are doing in the US. Many will prefer OpenSignal over some of the other companies who put out similar reports, because the data comes from users like you, that are actually out using your phone like normal, all over the country.
What's interesting about this report, is that it shows that GSM carriers are still holding onto a slight edge, in terms of their 3G networks. Not only were AT&T and T-Mobile faster, but their latency was lower. Not surprising though, as GSM is known to be faster than CDMA networks. Another interesting tidbit is the regional results. For the most part Verizon and T-Mobile took home the awards for most of the regions. AT&T had a good number of regional awards too, while Sprint had just two, for download speeds. Those were in Denver and Cincinnati. Not even in their hometown of Kansas City, where Verizon was the fastest and have the most LTE available (with T-Mobile).
If you'd like to check out the report and see how well your carrier did, be sure to hit up the source link below. It's a very comprehensive report, and one that's definitely worth checking out.