T-Mobile vs Verizon vs AT&T: Same old 5G winner extends lead in new tests

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The last in a long series of independent reports evaluating T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T’s 5G networks based on various performance indicators is out todaymaking this seem like an ideal time to slightly change the order of the top three US wireless service providers in the headlines of our articles about these in-depth studies and extensive nationwide testing.

Despite its steady lead in subscriber numbers, it doesn’t seem fair to nominate Verizon for T-Mobile anymore, given the widely documented, and according to multiple analytics firms, fast-growing 5G availability. and 5G speed dominance.

AT&T itself is making a rather surprising attempt at moving higher on the list, though of course we’d have to see the country’s third-largest carrier (by users) eclipse Verizon in more than one report before concluding that Big Red’s place actually the graph is below.

Six out of eight possible trophies make a very worthy overall winner

Let’s face it, it’s no longer shocking to watch T-Mobile outperforms its wireless industry rivals in 5G network performance “audit reports” like those published today by umlaut, after taking no less than 3 billion (!!!) measurements with the help of nearly 600,000 real people. 5G users between November 22, 2021 and May 8, 2022.

Magenta’s score was the only one of the three to rise in these six months, from 700 to 724 points (on a scale of 1000), while Verizon took such a big hit (from 611 to 555) that AT&T moved to second place despite registration. rose its own dip (from 590 to 569).

Perhaps even more impressive (though again not terribly shocking), T-Mobile is the champion of 5G coverage, 5G stability, 5G active download speed, 5G active upload speed and most importantly 5G reliability, leaving only two titles for Verizon.

That actually jumped from zero last fall, but only because umlaut awarded only four trophies to date, ignored the 5G latency aspect and lumped all 5G speeds into one big category instead of separately measuring uploads, as well as active and passive downloads.

How important is 5G reliability?

In case you’re wondering, 5G reliability combines multiple smaller indicators such as time spent connecting to 5G, 5G average data rate and 5G transaction success to produce a score that is arguably more illustrative of real user experiences than cold hard speeds. and availability.

A reliable A 5G network will rarely downgrade you to an inferior 4G LTE signal when you need a top-notch and above all constant speed most, and in the end reliability can make the difference between a theoretically good network and a truly leading operator…like T -Mobile.
Because it’s a bit more subjective and a bit more difficult to measure, the reliability of the 5G network doesn’t always show up in other independent tests performed by people like Opensignal while RootMetrics placed Verizon last “far” ahead of AT&T and T-Mobile in this particular category, which may be another big reason Magenta is celebrating this win more enthusiastically than the rest of its last wins.
Finally, the main claim T-Mo makes today (with pertinent evidence) is identical to an ad statement the “Un-carrier” was asked to retire last year after an AT&T complaint, which clearly makes this new win all the sweeter for the overall 5G heavyweight champion of the United States of America.

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