A new survey by OpenSignal has found that Verizon offers the fastest average 5G download speed, and itâ€™s not even close.
The survey of 10 carriers in four countries shows that Verizon offers an average 5G download speed of 506.1Mbps. Thatâ€™s more than double the speed of second-placed LG U+ in Korea (238Mbps). Check out the chart below.
Itâ€™s worth noting that Verizon is only using mmWave technology for its 5G network, and this doesnâ€™t have a long reach at all. In fact, OpenSignal also found Verizon users only spend 0.5% of their time connected to 5G, landing in last place.
Meanwhile, T-Mobile uses slower sub-6Ghz technology thatâ€™s able to travel much further than mmWave. This is reflected in the survey, with T-Mobile users spending the most time connected to 5G (19.8%) but in last place for average 5G download speeds (47Mbps). In fact, those download speeds arenâ€™t much faster than Gigabit LTE.
Weâ€™re expecting 5G coverage to only get better of course, boosting the amount of time people spend connected to 5G networks. But I doubt mmWave-only networks will be able to achieve anywhere near the same amount of coverage as sub-6Ghz-only carriers. Still, 4G LTE is plenty fast as a fallback nonetheless.
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