Race to 5G September 2020: The Fastest Mobile Network Is …

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Our annual Fastest Mobile Networks report came out this month, and it had some shocking results for the race to 5G. We discovered that AT&T’s 5G network is actually slower than its 4G network in almost all of the 26 cities we tested, and that T-Mobile’s low-band 5G network, while faster than 4G, isn’t very fast at all. Verizon’s network, meanwhile, is compellingly fast but its 5G was only available in a single-digit percentage of our test locations.So how can AT&T be leading the “race to 5G” when Verizon won our Fastest Mobile Network award—and when we just showed that AT&T’s 5G network is slower than its 4G network? The answer lies in our criteria. For our Race to 5G, we give far more points to pure 5G coverage than we do in Fastest Mobile Networks, where we’re just looking at the network experience at any given location, whatever G it may be. Because AT&T has blanketed the nation with slow, relatively bogus 5G, it gets a lot of points on this tracker, but didn’t win Fastest Mobile Networks.
AT&T’s 5G was, in general, slower than its 4G.
Speaking of blanketing the nation, a …

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