T-Mobile customers got the overall fastest LTE data speeds in and around the area of Minnesota's US Bank Stadium during Super Bowl LII, according to Ookla's Speedtest app. Average download speeds for T-Mobile customers hovered around 121Mbps, while upload speeds were around the 28Mbps mark. The top download speed clocked by a T-Mobile customer during the game was an incredible 215Mbps. Other carriers lagged substantially on those figures, with Speedtest users logging in download speeds of around 60, 54, and 33 megabits per second on AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint respectively. This all happened under about 50% more load than usual on the network in the area, with upload usage jumping twice as much as download usage. While T-Mobile did post some amazing speeds during the game compared to its competitors, it's worth noting that this figure only takes users of Ookla's Speedtest app into account. While it's one of the most popular network speed testing apps, its results should obviously not be taken as a full measurement of all network usage across carriers.
Along with posting the fastest Speedtest speeds at the game, T-Mobile saw total data usage during the game jump 78-percent over its numbers last year. T-Mobile customers were extremely active on social media during Tom Brady's big fumble and the Eagles' field goal, the first successful one of the game, with a full 33-percent spike in social media data usage during those times. Another big spike was the halftime show, with social media usage roughly doubling during that period compared to the rest of game day. Outside of the big game, home team hopefuls boosted their usage of T-Mobile's network, as well. Total usage in Boston increased about 70-percent, whereas fans in Philidelphia put about 20-percent more strain on T-Mobile's network than usual. Nationwide, group and picture messaging increased about 50-percent, and calls nationwide were up 2-percent, but took 20-percent less time on average.
T-Mobile's network enhancements specifically for this year's Super Bowl did not get quite as much fanfare as the preparations that were made for the 2016 Super Bowl at Houston's NRG Stadium. This year marks the third in a row that the company has ranked as the fastest carrier during the Super Bowl, according to Ookla Speedtest.