U.S. Mobile Download Speeds Skyrocket

U.S. Mobile Download Speeds Skyrocket
Mobile device users in the U.S. are benefiting from rapidly improving mobile download speeds.

(CCM) — Mobile download speeds continue to streak ahead in the U.S., with smartphone users now enjoying an average download speed of 23 Mbps, according to research carried out by Ookla. This is up 19.2% compared to the first six months of last year, which in turn was up more than 33% compared to the same period in 2015.

In rural areas of the U.S. average download speeds only reached 18 Mbps, some 20.9% slower than the nation as a whole.

The story for uploads is less impressive. Average mobile upload speeds improved by just 4% in 2017 compared to last year, to 8.5 Mbps. In 2016, upload speeds exploded by 28% compared to the previous year.

Despite the sharp improvements in mobile download speeds, the U.S only ranks 44th in the world, just behind Fiji and Germany. When it comes to upload speeds, the U.S. is only ranked 65th in the world, just ahead of Germany, but behind Mongolia.

Ookla found that the carrier offering the fastest mobile data service was T-Mobile, with a "Speed Score" of 23.17. Verizon Wireless was next with 21.13, followed by AT&T with 20.05, and Sprint with just 15.39. Ookla suggests that T-Mobile's tightly-spaced cell site grid and smaller subscriber base could be the keys to its success.

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