Study: T-Mobile LTE Network Has Lowest Latency
There has been a lot of focus lately on the top speeds achieved by LTE networks, with AT&T and T-Mobile generally taking top honors
when it comes to speed, but Verizon often taking the nod on connection reliability
. As with all these kinds of studies, your mileage probably will vary due to geographical inconsistencies.
For a little something different, a new study by OpenSignal has found that T-Mobile alone can lay claim to having the lowest latency on their LTE network
for the month of October, even if the results are close enough to probably be imperceptible in real-world usage.
The tests used data from 1 million volunteers to find that T-Mobile's mean latency of 89 ms topped that of 94ms for Verizon, 96ms for AT&T, and 107ms for Sprint. Sprint's last place showing mirrors their last place showing in most LTE speed tests. The graph to the left offers up the results, though they appear to have gotten their brand colors confused.
said by criggs:Because Sprint. Seriously. I don't know what it is. I left after years of following S4GRU and Network Vision and all the excuses for the slow rollout (contractors are slow, permits are hard, blah blah blah) and somehow NV Complete towers are still slow.
By the way, I'm in an officially lit up Sprint LTE area and there's no excuse for these kinds of speeds now; I've even been told that the upgrades on my local towers are complete; so clearly something is very wrong.
I'm much happier on T-Mobile and only wish I left 1 year earlier. GSM flexibility, Nexus devices, and the plan that fits me the most (100 minutes, 5GB data $30/mo). I was actually really happy with HSPA, and it was only 3 months before they surprised our city being in the first group to launch LTE.
I do miss Google Voice integration, truly unlimited (not quite.. and also slow) data, and nerding out over the few towers that got upgraded every week. But ain't nobody got time for that.. T-Mobile is just fast and good everywhere (for me).
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Fiber To The Antenna T-Mobile's LTE network is unique, that it's already built with LTE Advanced ready equipment.
They use Ericsson's AIR21 platform, which means that there is no longer any coax running up the tower, no Remote Radios on top of the tower.
The LTE-A radios are actually BUILT DIRECTLY INTO THE ANTENNAS, and they are directly fed with Fiber.
Kind of like what Fios does for a home, they are doing for Cellular/Mobile Broadband.
Plus, their backhaul provider is not usually the ILEC, CLEC, or your typical fiber provider.
They're using Zayo instead: »www.zayo.com/interactive-network-map
Which means they mostly have a private leased Metro Multi-Gigabit Ethernet backbone, that feeds their cell sites, and their switching centers.
With all of that, it might just cut those ping times a little bit.....
ROCK 'TIL SUNSET