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RootMetrics: T-Mobile Has Fastest LTE Network in Chicago
by Karl Bode 08:13AM Wednesday Jul 30 2014
For months T-Mobile CEO John Legere has stated that the company's LTE network upgrades would soon have it beating LTE speed leader AT&T in network speed tests, courtesy of the move to 2x10MHz channels. That didn't appear to be the case in a March RootMetrics study, which pegged T-Mobile in third place for LTE speeds, well behind AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile quickly complained that the RootMetrics study was using outdated data.

Fast forward to this month and new study by RootMetrics focusing specifically on Chicago places T-Mobile right alongside Verizon when it comes to the fastest LTE speeds.

"T-Mobile and Verizon now share the honor of being named the top-performing mobile networks in Chicago," notes the firm, with both companies receiving a Overall Performance RootScore of 98.3. Verizon and AT&T still slightly edged T-Mobile out when it comes to reliability, but T-Mobile took top honors in Chicago when it comes to LTE speed.

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IPPlanMan
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Sprint Spark in Chicago?

Good showing from T-Mobile... Bravo.

Sprint Spark doesn't seem to be doing much of anything for Sprint in Chicago...

This is from December...
»newsroom.sprint.com/news-release···cago.htm

scavio
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Melmac

Re: Sprint Spark in Chicago?

What are you talking about? The scores went up significantly for Sprint as well....

Sprint in March: 68.2
Sprint currently: 93.3

IPPlanMan
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Re: Sprint Spark in Chicago?

For a rip/replace job, it should be much better, especially speed-wise.

Speed Index rankings:
1 – T-Mobile (94.5)
2 – Verizon (92.8)
3 – AT&T (88.7)
4 – Sprint (81.3)

Median download and upload speeds by network
T-Mobile: 18.9 Mbps download/11.5 Mbps upload
Verizon: 18.9 Mbps download/10.1 Mbps upload
AT&T: 10.7 Mbps download/12.0 Mbps upload
Sprint: 7.4 Mbps download/3.7 Mbps upload

scavio
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Melmac

Re: Sprint Spark in Chicago?

I'm sure they have having backhaul problems like they do everywhere else (for the life of me I can't understand why). However, the service is actually passable in Chicago now and it was extremely bad late last year, so the upgrades have in fact done much more than "not much of anything."

bsmall

@198.50.134.x
In the fine print on »www.rootmetrics.com/us/rsr/chicago-il they mention that the test was done with a Galaxy S4.

The original Sprint version of that phone is only single band LTE. I wish their report would give the model number so we would know if the phone was capable of connecting to Sprint's new LTE bands 26 and 41.

SteelerRaw

@8.28.150.x
said by scavio:

What are you talking about? The scores went up significantly for Sprint as well....

Sprint in March: 68.2
Sprint currently: 93.3

Damnit! Why the heck do you feel the need to point out such a pesky fact?

IPPlanMan
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Re: Sprint Spark in Chicago?

Did you bother looking at the download/upload speed results? Looks like you didn't.

IPPlanMan
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And the speed difference for Sprint is... Go on...

Speedy

@69.142.79.x

Speeds related to number of users

How fast you can download and upload depends a lot on how many users are on each cell tower being tested. I suspect T-Mobile speed showing is affected by having fewer users than the other competitors.
78036364

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Re: Speeds related to number of users

exactly. Not to mention distance from said tower and other things like buildings, trees etc also potential interference. All these speed test are bullshit.

delusion_ftl

@172.56.40.x
Fewer users AND more towers (Higher Cell density). This combo means that towers could have 3 to 5 times less users than VZW/ATT. Also remember that T-mobile has the highest data consumption per user by a wide margin.

dnoyeB
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Wise planning?
BiggA

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Yeah, AT&T owns Chicago, so they have way more users. Just like Verizon in NYC pre-XLTE since they own NYC.

Svemir

@172.56.34.x

Re: Speeds related to number of users

Ya that's why AT&T got owned in Chicago. Makes sense...
BiggA

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Re: Speeds related to number of users

Actually, it makes perfect sense. They have more sites, more service, and more customers to slow them down...

RadioDoc
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Considering how bad all of them are around here...

...that's like bragging you're the least stinky turd in the toilet.

Let me know when they plug the hundreds of coverage holes in that LTE cheese of theirs.