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New report details which U.S. carrier has the best 5G network

BGR — Yoni Heisler
  • With the iPhone 12 release a few months away, the market is about to be flooded with new 5G smartphones.
  • A new report from Opensignal lays out which U.S. carrier delivers the fastest 5G speeds.
  • Verizon came out on top in terms of raw speed, but limited availability makes T-Mobile’s 5G network a better choice.

5G smartphones have been available for a few months, but they haven’t exactly flooded the market just yet. This, of course, isn’t all that surprising given that the first 5G smartphones arrived when 5G coverage was still spotty. Over the past few months, however, carriers across the board have done a solid job of boosting coverage across the country. And with Apple’s iPhone 12 — which will be the first iPhone to boast support for 5G — the number of 5G-capable devices is poised to skyrocket come October.

In light of that, a new report from Opensignal finds that Verizon provides the faster 5G speeds than any other U.S. carrier. In fact, 5G speeds on Verizon were, at times, as much as ten times faster than what Opensignal saw on carriers like AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

“Our U.S. users experienced average 5G Download Speed ranging from 494.7 Mbps on Verizon to 49.2 Mbps on T-Mobile,” the report notes. “AT&T’s users saw 5G speeds slightly faster than T-Mobile at 60.8 Mbps.”

The chart below certainly speaks volumes:

As to the stark difference evidenced above, Opensignal notes:

As referenced above, mmWave waves do provide exceptional connectivity, the major drawback is that they can’t travel far distances and are readily blocked by everyday objects like walls.

To this end, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray last year opined:

Indeed, when you see the chart for 5G availability across U.S. carriers, you can see that Verizon falls far short. Put simply, the 5G speeds afforded by Verizon are impressive, but it’s arguably a moot point when availability is so low.

The report notes that Verizon will see its availability figures increase once it starts to offer “5G on mid-band or other lower frequency spectrum.”

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