Opensignal has analyzed the 5G experience across 25 leading 5G states to understand how the 5G experience varies across the nation.
T-Mobile dominates our regional awards on both measures of the extent of 5G networks. In fact, T-Mobile wins all our 5G Availability and 5G Reach awards — a clear testament to the operator's strategy to use its 600 MHz band to pursue nationwide 5G coverage. Our T-Mobile users in 16 states spent more than 35% of their time connected to 5G. By contrast, AT&T clocked up 5G Availability scores above 25% in only six states, while Verizon’s highest 5G Availability score was 17.3% — measured in Illinois.
5G Video Experience was a two-horse race as AT&T wins outright in five states — Alabama, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas, while jointly winning the award with Verizon in the remaining twenty states we analyzed. Interestingly, AT&T obtained 17 Very Good scores (65-75 points), with the remaining states all scoring 61.4 points or higher. Verizon only scored 65 or above in Michigan and New Jersey but was less than a point short of the Very Good category in nine additional states. T-Mobile was clearly behind in this category as it collected 22 Good scores (55-65 points) — with its highest scores reaching 59.1 points in New Jersey and Indiana — and even three Fair scores (40-55 points) in Arkansas, California and Colorado.
We observed some of the most varied results in 5G Games Experience, as T-Mobile’s scores ranged from 58 points in Louisiana to 82.8 points in New Jersey. AT&T and Verizon were the only two operators to win any award outright in this category, as they claim four and five solo wins, respectively. They also share awards with one or more operators in 16 states and 15 states, respectively. T-Mobile has four joint wins in 5G Games Experience with both AT&T and Verizon in Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, but also in New York with AT&T. New Jersey and Maryland were the only two states where our users saw average scores above 80 points on all three national operators.
Similarly to what we observed at the national level, 5G Voice App Experience showcased tight competition at the state level as well. In fact, all carriers’ scores in the 25 states ranged between 78.3 points and 84.5 points. However, AT&T and Verizon still managed to gain an edge over T-Mobile as they each win three states outright, and share together most of the remaining ones we analyzed. While AT&T and Verizon scored Good ratings (80-87 points) in all 25 states, T-Mobile scored Acceptable ratings (74-80 points) in five states.
T-Mobile wins outright on 5G Download Speed in 19 states, while being a joint winner in an additional five states. AT&T wins outright in Colorado — which was the only state not to feature T-Mobile as a winner in 5G Download Speed. The fastest average 5G download speeds observed by our users across states were over 100 Mbps. In fact, our T-Mobile users experienced 108.8 Mbps in 5G Download Speed in Virginia and 103.6 Mbps in New York. In an additional 11 states, our T-Mobile users experienced a 5G Download Speed faster than 70 Mbps. AT&T scored above 70 Mbps in Virginia only — 71.8 Mbps — while Verizon’s fastest average 5G download speeds were below 65 Mbps.
Our T-Mobile users in New York state and New Jersey saw the fastest 5G Upload Speeds, clocking in at 23 Mbps and 21.9 Mbps, respectively while our Verizon users saw their highest average 5G Upload Speed in Illinois — 19.1 Mbps. Our users on AT&T saw their fastest 5G Upload Speed in the states of California, Indiana, Kentucky and Maryland where average scores ranged between 10.5 Mbps and 12.1 Mbps. T-Mobile matched its national 5G Upload Speed award by either winning outright (13 awards) or jointly winning (seven awards) in 20 of the 25 states we analyzed.
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