T-Mobile has has once again reaped the benefits of its Sprint merger synergy by winning the July 2022 award for operating the best 5G network in the United States. The rating is given by the independent research firm Umlaut whose last report found T-Mobile with the widest 5G coverage and most stable next-gen network.

Where T-Mobile gives up is passive download speeds like AT&T scores higher on this. This is because the reach of T-Mobile’s 5G network is so wide due to the fact that much of it is on the lower, slower frequencies that are beaten by all 4G LTE networks. more robust.
The outsourced test data was collected over 24 weeks up to July 10, so it’s pretty fresh and revealing. T-Mobile is a bit ahead of AT&T in coverage and latency, and well ahead of both Verizon or AT&T in terms of active upload and download speeds, or 5G network stability.

With the recent deployment of C-band midrange by Ma Bell and Big Red, the equation may change, but T-Mobile’s catch-up process will be slow and painful for them. The one category where Verizon’s speedy but very limited 5G network shines is overall latency.

Fortunately, in terms of greater 4G LTE coverage, AT&T and Verizon are ahead of T-Mobile, especially in rural areas, but its rapid deployment of the 5G network made possible by the midband frequencies it inherited from Sprint has now made Big Magenta the current market leader where it offers a signal.

Umlaut’s tests are crowdsourced, that is, carried out by people who tend to congregate in cities and especially in their most central parts where T-Mobile has coverage that is on par with the best of them.