US Mobile LTE Network Quality 2018

Reports on which networks have the fastest wireless speeds regularly flood the media, but often fail to tell the full story when it comes to carrier service quality. While fast top speeds are indicative of a strong network, reliable network quality is equally, if not more, important. After all, who cares whether you can occasionally hit gigabit download speeds if half the time you’re struggling to load a Google search result?

That’s why, in our 2018 report, Tutela have introduced a brand new primary metric: Consistent Quality. A set of five key performance indicators that show the minimum network requirements needed to run the most popular apps.

For this 2018 report, we have analyzed over 240 billion network measurements collected from more than 2.8 million handsets across the US between January 1st and August 31st, 2018. In total, we collected over 11 million speed tests and 240 billion data points to determine America’s best LTE networks.

Our key findings

  • Verizon delivered the highest level of consistent quality in the US
  • T-Mobile’s performance has improved rapidly as it builds its network at a rapid pace

  • AT&T's consistent quality in urban areas lags behind both Verizon and T-Mobile

  • Sprint has significantly lowered its latency but remains behind competitors

  • Download speeds on MVNO networks are, on average, 23% worse than on the host operator 

Download our brand new LTE networks report to see a true picture of real-world mobile experience and how each operator performs, no email address required.

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