According to the latest OpenSignal report, Verizon stopped being the mobile network’s top leader. Why? Because T-Mobile is now reportedly standing on an equal foot with it.
Verizon Telecommunications is considered the largest wireless communications service provider in the United States. The broadband telecommunications company has been holding the position since 2014.
T-Mobile US is another major telecommunications company. It is also one of the largest wireless network operators in the United States. And a recently released report shows that the two are closer than believed.
Earlier this week, OpenSignal released its annual report. This is the 2017 State of Mobile Networks report. Its purpose? To track and analyze the availability and speed of the mobile carrier services. The report solely targets the United States. And the results were reportedly quite clear.
Verizon and T-Mobile are standing on quite an equal footing.
This may come as a surprise to some. Previously, Verizon was the undisputable mobile network carrier. But now, the company either won or shared every national prize with T-Mobile. This is all according to the T-Mobile report.
OpenSource based its report on a crowdsourced monitoring. One which revealed the following. The two wireless carriers offer a similar network performance. They also provide almost the same speeds.
The reports also pointed out the following. 4G speeds are on the rise with many city limits being higher than the national average.
OpenSource’s report is based on about 4.6 billion datapoints. These were gathered through its official app. This latter is currently being used across the United States. It has about 170,000 users.
Its analysis also pointed out the 4G supremacy battle. T-Mobile was noted to be slowly but surely gaining ground. But Verizon is still reportedly offering the best solution. The company has the highest available 4G availability. And it has also been bringing network updates.
In terms of network speeds, the two providers are still tied up. This fact was also noted in the last OpenSource report. This latter was released in the summer of 2016. More exactly, in August.
Analysts also compared the two reports. Which allowed them to point out the following. Overall, all the major network providers have been bringing updates. Their list includes Verizon and T-Mobile. And also AT&T as well as Sprint.
Sprint also revealed some significant advances. Besides Verizon, it marked some of the biggest strides. The consensus holds that it is doing so in order to catch up with the other 3 carriers. Overall, the United States is on an upwards trend in terms of 4G availability.
More cities across the country have access to even faster 4G speeds.
The last report identified 18 cities with LTE speeds of around 20 Mbps or higher. This latest analysis noted that the city number increased to 25.
Just recently, Verizon also started upgrading its network. This will now benefit from LTE-Advanced technology. Which could account for the recent speed jumps registered across several cities.
For their part, T-Mobile and AT&T have also been bringing improvements. They have been changing the frequency bands. And started deploying LTE to the new ones.
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