PCMag.com conducted speed tests on wireless networks across the country and found, in all major regions, one consistent winner.
The website declares Verizon‘s (NYSE:VZ) 4G LTE network to be the fastest wireless network in every region of the country. Nationally, Verizon scored a 95 on PCMag’s speed index rating, compared to 76 for Deutsche Telekom‘s (PINK:DTEGY) T-Mobile, 56 for AT&T’s (NYSE:T) 4G LTE network and 36 for Sprint‘s (NYSE:S) 4G network.
4G LTE networks are still mostly available only in major metropolitan areas, but PCMag noted that Verizon has spread its 4G LTE coverage to many smaller cities as well. In fact, Verizon’s 4G LTE service is available in 258 markets across the U.S., compared to just 39 for AT&T.
Verizon’s 3G network speed wasn’t the fastest, however. It is eclipsed nationally by both T-Mobile and AT&T.
In rural and suburban areas, where 4G LTE coverage is virtually nonexistent, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 coverage has provided 4G speeds to underserved areas. T-Mobile’s speed index ranking of 91 clearly beat all other carriers in rural markets.