Ookla: AT&T beats Verizon in 4G speeds, T-Mobile is the 5G leader

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The latest report from Ookla finds AT&T beating Verizon in average 4G speeds and T-Mobile blazing ahead in 5G.

Ookla’s 4G “speed score” for AT&T is 41.23 with T-Mobile quite far behind in second place with a score of 33.69. The other two major operators, Sprint and Verizon, are clumped close to T-Mobile with scores of 31.53 and 30.77 respectively.

All the providers now have high 4G availability scores. Sprint and Verizon lead with a joint 99% 4G availability, followed by AT&T and T-Mobile with 97.8% and 97.5% respectively.

5G performance is where things get interesting. Verizon is lightyears ahead of rivals with a Speed Score of 870.50. AT&T manages second place – despite having a score of just 78.68 – while Sprint and T-Mobile take the final spots with scores of 64.82 and 64.26 respectively.

Where the 5G performance results are deceiving is that Verizon has a much smaller rollout than AT&T, and especially T-Mobile.

Ookla notes that, so far, Verizon has just 39 deployments. For comparison, T-Mobile has 5,008 deployments. AT&T has 355 deployments.

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