T-Mobile is currently head and shoulders above the rest in the cutthroat wireless carrier industry, according to the latest State of Mobile Networks report by OpenSignal.
While T-Mobile's dominance in the study could be partly attributed to its investments in improving its service, rivals Verizon and AT&T also did their part in handing over the crown to the Un-Carrier.
T-Mobile Wins All Awards In Latest State Of Mobile Networks
In OpenSignal's report, the research company analyzed more than 5 billion measurements to compare the 3G and 4G performance of the top four carriers in the United States. The study involved more than 170,000 devices in a period from April 1 to June 30 this year.
T-Mobile came out on top in all six categories, namely Download Speed: 4G, Download Speed: 3G, Download Speed: Overall, Latency: 4G, Latency: 3G, and Availability: 4G.
The 4G availability metric, however, was noted by OpenSignal as a close call. Testers were able to find a T-Mobile 4G signal 90.9 percent of the time, in comparison to 89.8 percent of the time for Verizon.
Verizon, AT&T Slow Down After Unlimited Plans Launch
OpenSignal said in the August 2017 State of Mobile Networks report that the overall speeds of Verizon and AT&T slowed down after the launch of their own unlimited plans, in a bid to combat the T-Mobile One. The two carriers were not prepared for the surge of data demand in their networks, resulting in decreased performance.
Verizon's average speed dropped by 2 Mbps, while AT&T saw its average speed decline by 1 Mbps. Verizon spokesperson Howard Waterman did not directly address the speed decline but pointed to other studies that ranked the company as the fastest mobile network in the United States.
T-Mobile Continues Ascent
In OpenSignal's last State of Mobile Networks report, released in February, T-Mobile and Verizon were going head to head in terms of speed. T-Mobile offered the fastest 4G speeds in the northeast, but Verizon was the fastest in the west.
T-Mobile has now established itself as the premier carrier in the United States, according to OpenSignal's report. Legere, which is either seen as an annoying executive or a genius strategist, has succeeded in getting the Un-Carrier to where it is now by making rivals adapt to T-Mobile's strategies and the evolving state of the industry. Whether T-Mobile will remain on top, however, remains to be seen, as we now start the wait for OpenSignal's next State of Mobile Networks report.