Verizon was fastest fixed broadband provider in the US for Q2 while T-Mobile dominated with download speeds and 5G availability

For 27 different states, AT&T was the fastest mobile provider while T-Mobile was fastest in 17 states.
Written by Jonathan Greig, Contributor

Verizon and T-Mobile are in a heated competition for telecom supremacy in the US, with both companies leading the way in a variety of categories in Ookla's new Q2 2021 US Market Report.

Multiple speed tests showed that Verizon led the way as the fastest fixed broadband provider in the US for Q2, while T-Mobile was the fastest and most consistent mobile operator with a 54.13 Mbps median download speed. After Verizon, Cox, XFINITY, Spectrum, AT&T Internet and CenturyLink followed on the list of fastest fixed broadband providers.

As other reports have shown recently, T-Mobile is also dominating the 5G market, with the Ookla report finding that it has the fastest median 5G download speed at 99.84 Mbps and best 5G availability. 

Tampa, Florida had the fastest median download speed with 79.75 Mbps and San Antonio, Texas is the city with the fastest fixed broadband.

"AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless all tied for the lowest latency at 33 ms. These figures represent a 1 ms increase in latency for AT&T and Verizon Wireless operators compared to Q1 2021," the report said. 

"In measuring each operator's ability to provide consistent speeds over a 5G connection in the U.S. during Q2 2021, we found that while close, there was no statistical winner in this category. Verizon Wireless achieved a Consistency Score of 79.5%, T-Mobile had 78.6%, and AT&T showed 77.1% of results showing speeds of at least 25 Mbps for download and 3 Mbps for upload over a 5G connection."

Of the most popular devices used in the US in Q2, the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G was rated as the fastest device because of its median download speed of 73.19 Mbps. Samsung dominated the device rankings with three of the top five spots on the ranking. The report noted that the iPhone 12 Pro Max 5G came in second for highest median download speed. 

When all of a manufacturers' devices are combined, the report found that OnePlus generally had the fastest median download speeds followed by Samsung, Apple, LG and Google. OnePlus led the way because it has fewer older devices, according to the report. 

Devices using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 888 5G chipset ranked highly in the report, having the fastest media download speeds during Q2. Snapdragon chipsets like the Snapdragon X55 5G, Snapdragon 865 5G and Snapdragon 765G 5G dominated the list.

Regionally, Washington DC led the way with the fastest median mobile download speed in the US, followed by New Jersey, Delaware, New York and Massachusetts.

Mississippi continued to have the slowest median download speed alongside Wyoming, Maine, Vermont and Nebraska.

For 27 different states, AT&T was the fastest mobile provider while T-Mobile was fastest in 17 states. 

After Tampa, the cities that made up the rankings of fastest median mobile download speed were Jersey City, Pittsburgh and New York City.

Of the 100 most populous cities in Q2, Stockton, California and Reno, Nevada had the slowest median mobile download speed. 

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