While it is hardly surprising that Verizon, with its superior resources, comes in a clear first in overall performance and speed alike, the fact that T-Mobile is close on its heels speaks volumes about its strategy and the seriousness of its challenge to the top two MNOs. Without having the capacity in terms of spectrum that Verizon does, T-Mobile has managed to reconfigure its networks in such as way as to be able to produce high speeds in many markets though not in all. AT&T, on the other hand, is pursuing an incremental approach of improving speed gradually in all markets, with the result that at least for the moment, it comes in behind T-Mobile, and more so with regard to the highest speeds. T-Mobile’s footprint is smaller, but it has chosen to shine where it comes to speed. While we do not know how the speed wars will shake out in the long run, at least for now T-Mobile’s strategy has made it look very good for its size and to mount a serious competitive challenge to the big two operators.
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