T-Mobile now has the fastest average 5G download speeds in the US, a report by speed test service Ookla said Thursday. The Ookla study also found that T-Mobile customers with 5G devices spent more time connected to a 5G network than those on rival carriers during the first three months of 2021.
According to the study, T-Mobile clocked in at 82.35Mbps download speeds on its 5G network for the first quarter of the year, followed by AT&T at 76.6Mbps and Verizon with 67.24Mbps.
Ookla’s study of how much time 5G customers spent on their carrier’s 5G network showed T-Mobile subscribers were connected 65% of the time, followed by Verizon customers at 36% and AT&T customers at 31%.
“T-Mobile delivers the fastest 5G speeds and a 5G signal more often,” T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said in a statement Thursday. “T-Mobile 5G will keep layering on even more capacity and speed to the nation’s largest 5G network.”
Similar recent reports by Opensignal and Umlaut also showed T-Mobile having the fastest 5G network, with the most availability. However, a report Wednesday by RootMetrics ranked AT&T the highest on 5G download speeds, as it was able to deliver speeds above 50Mbps in 31 cities compared to T-mobile’s 11 cities and Verizon’s 10. T-Mobile kept the top spot for 5G availability in the RootMetrics report.
AT&T and Verizon didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
The three major US carriers are using different radio waves for their 5G networks: Verizon uses high-band millimeter-wave 5G spectrum, whichby solid obstacles like buildings and trees. AT&T uses 850MHz spectrum for its low-band 5G network, which has .
T-Mobile uses low-band 600MHz spectrum and has alsoto 5G since the carrier’s went through a year ago. Midband spectrum is faster than low-band, and travels farther than high-band.