Quantifying the mmWave 5G experience in the US — July update

Opensignal previously published an analysis looking at millimetre-wave (mmWave) 5G mobile experience. 

Here, we are publishing an update to that analysis, where we focus on mmWave 5G mobile experience. This analysis complements the latest USA 5G User Experience Report that looks at the overall 5G mobile experience across all 5G frequency bands.

In this analysis, our users have seen the fastest average mmWave 5G download speed of 618.4 Mbps using Verizon, which was nearly twice as fast as our users’ average experience on T-Mobile, and more than two and a half times faster than what our users experienced on AT&T. Verizon users continue to experience the fastest average 5G mmWave download speed that Opensignal has seen to date. Our users’ average download speed on AT&T’s mmWave 5G was 245 Mbps, while we recorded an average mmWave 5G download speed of 312 Mbps on T-Mobile. AT&T and T-Mobile’s scores were statistically tied.

We observed different results in our users’ average mmWave 5G upload speeds. Here, it was our T-Mobile users who experienced the fastest average 5G upload speeds on mmWave 5G with a score of 39.9 Mbps, which was 29.7-33.1% faster than what we observed on both AT&T and Verizon. We observed statistically tied average upload speeds on AT&T and Verizon’s mmWave 5G services — 30 Mbps and 30.8 Mbps, respectively.

Our Verizon mmWave 5G users experienced a much higher average time connected to mmWave 5G than users on the other U.S. carriers. In this 90 day period, our Verizon users saw a mean time connected to mmWave 5G of 0.7% compared with 0.4% on AT&T and 0.2% on T-Mobile.