While many may believe that the U.S. has the fastest internet connections in the world, the reality proves otherwise. In the first 2 quarters of this year, the U.S. ranked 15th in the world for broadband download speed and 24th for upload speed.
The good news is that this is an increase from last years average upload and download speeds.
A Speedtest market report, https://androidcommunity.com/ooklas-speedtest-report-says-t-mobile-is-the-fastest-network-in-the-us-20170909/, recently reported that the U.S. internet speeds were improving. The market report stated that the average U.S. download speed for the U.S. was 64.17Mbps and upload speed was 22.79 Mbps in the first half of 2017. The increase was credited to upgrades, better infrastructure, and better data packages.
Not all broadband and mobile companies increased their speeds though, but the ones that did make an impressive impact on the overall mean.
When it comes to broadband speed, Xfinity is this years number one provider so far. Speedtest reported that the company had the highest Speed Score, a measure of both upload and download speeds combined, out of all broadband providers in the U.S. with an overall score of 69.58.
While Xfinity did not report the highest internet speeds in every region of the country, it did dominate overall due to its average speeds ranking higher than other broadband networks throughout the West and Northeast portions of the United States.
Suddenlink led the South in download and upload speeds, while Mediacom took the Midwest.
Fastest Broadband by Region
Kansas City, Mo., led the top 100 cities in the U.S. for fastest internet, while Austin, TX., San Francisco, CA., and Atlanta, GA., followed close behind.
Speedtest ranked the U.S. as 44th in the world for mobile internet speed. Speedtest attributed this number with the U.S.’s lack luster position to its size as it was harder to compete with countries with smaller landmass and denser populations.
The Speedtest report stated that this year the average mobile download speed increased by 19% and upload speeds increased by 4% within the U.S.
So far this year, T-Mobile takes the number one position as fastest mobile internet provider in the U.S. with a Speed Score of 23.17 Mbps. Speedtest has credited the company’s small subscriber number and tight cell grids with the company’s faster speed.
Verizon, At&T, and Spirit take the second, third, and fourth spot for fastest mobile internet speed providers respectively.
T-Mobile was the leader for fastest internet in 40 of the largest 100 cities in the U.S., while Verizon led 35, At & T led 20, and Spirit led 5.
Fastest Mobile by Region
Although each of the 4 mobile internet carriers in the United States have increased their speed this year, not every region is realizing this impact.
Mobile customers belonging to all of the 4 major mobile networks saw a decrease of 20.9% in average download speed when compared with the rest of the country.
Fort Wayne, IN., had the fastest mobile download speed, while Minneapolis, MN., Atlanta, GA., and Pittsburgh, PA., followed suit successively.