Verizon and AT&T activate 5G spectrum in the C-band ranging from 3.7 to 4 GHz
Ookla says that millions of people use Speedtest daily in order to measure “the performance and quality of their internet connections.” The data that is generated helps the company determine which carrier is delivering the fastest internet connections and can break this data down by geographic locations in the U.S.
Verizon could challenge T-Mobile to become the U.S. leader in mobile 5G
For AT&T, its median 5G download data speeds during these two weekly periods rose from 68.43 Mbps to 70.46 Mbps as it rolled out C-band 5G in eight markets. T-Mobile’s median 5G download data speed rose during the same period increasing to 187.11 Mbps from 181.99 Mbps. T-Mobile didn’t launch any new spectrum on January 19th but did debut its 5G carrier aggregation that same day which increases bandwidth and boosts mobile capacity.
As you might know, T-Mobile already has been employing the 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum that it acquired from Sprint for its 5G services. When that deal closed in April 2020, T-Mobile picked up over 100 MHz of Sprint’s 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum in some of the most prime locations in the states. That gave the carrier a huge advantage over Verizon and T-Mobile.
Ookla also noticed that a large number of Verizon customers used the Speedtest.net app to check their data speeds. Ookla did say that the large increase in Verizon’s 5G download data speeds following the activation of C-band is a good example of why it usually likes to wait a full quarter before publishing a report.
Pointing to the huge increase in Verizon’s 5G speeds made possible by the C-band launch, Ookla said, “However, if the trend in increased speed continues, Verizon Wireless could challenge T-Mobile for fastest download speed in our next Speedtest Global Index Market Analysis.”