T-Mobile vs. Verizon vs. AT&T: First-Ever ‘5G Enhanced’ Speed ​​Tests Give Surprising Results

If you’ve been following the development and evolution of the US wireless industry for more than a minute, you already know that the country’s 5G networks are very not created equal. On top of that, the same 5G network can produce wildly different download (and upload) speeds depending on the state, city, and even neighborhood you live in, as evidenced among others in a recent report by Ookla highlighting the huge disparities between, for example, New York and New Mexico.

Of course, the root cause of these gaps has nothing to do with geography and everything to do with the deployment of a number of 5G resources collectively grouped under the mid and high band labels. This latest technology, also known as mmWave, was initially seen as the true industry game changer by Verizon and AT&T, but T-Mobile placed a huge bet on the slower mid-band 5G flavor that paid off instead.

Verizon goes after T-Mobile

You know how Magenta completely crushed Big Red in the last three-month metrics of this same company both 5G and overall mobile network experiences? Well, things aren’t that simple when it comes to strictly 5G enhanced numbers.

Before discussing how incredibly close these are when tested between March 16 and June 13, 2022, we must point out that “5G Enhanced” is just an umbrella term coined by Opensignal to encompass all the different marketing labels used by operators to describe their various mid-band and mmWave offerings.

5G+, ultra capacity, Ultra Wideband, it’s all here, and from an availability standpoint, T-Mobile’s dominance is just as clear as in all those other reports bundling these “enhanced” signals with 4G LTE-like low-band 5G.
The speed battle is a different ballgame this time around, with T-Mo barely coming out on top when it comes to downloads and Verizon statistically tying its rival in the download category. In case you need a reminder, Magenta was almost 100 Mbps ahead of the overall silver medalist. 5G download speed section of the previous Opensignal report, which just goes to show… how bad Big Red still is in low-bandwidth gaming.
Again, it is increasingly clear that Verizon’s C-band service is a worthy rival to T-Mobile’s midband technology, though for some reason we can’t quite say the same about it. AT&T’s own C-band signal… for now. Of course, a win is a win, and it’s particularly impressive that the “Un-carrier” can cling to that coveted trophy of improved 5G download speeds with virtually no mmWave footprint.

T-Mobile still needs to step up a gear in a few categories

It’s true, all is not perfect in the magenta-covered paradise. In reality, Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband users are statistically more likely to be satisfied with their multiplayer, FaceTime and Netflix mobile gaming sessions than their T-Mobile Ultra Capacity 5G counterparts.
More worrying for T-Mo, AT&T’s 5G+ network ranks second in gaming and voice app experiences, though Magenta might be (semi) happy with its silver “adaptive video experience.”

These are three smartphone use cases that carriers and industry analysts expect to benefit hugely from any incremental 5G improvements and big breakthroughs in the future, and it already looks like the technology medium-bandwidth makes mobile life easier, faster and more convenient for millions of people. and millions of users across the country.

Interestingly, for example, Verizon’s video streaming score is considerably higher on “5G Enhanced” than global 5G, not to mention that the big three carriers can currently deliver a much better viewing experience when mid-band 5G is available than was possible prior to these deployments. In the end, that’s the most important thing, isn’t it? Seeing everyone pushing the limits, albeit at a (hugely) different pace.

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