The boost to mobile wireless speeds from 5G networks – and increasing use of C-band spectrum for 5G – are reflected in Ookla's Speedtest Global Index for the United States for the third quarter of 2022. According to Ookla:
T-Mobile had the fastest median 5G download speed in the U.S. at 193.06 Mbps during Q3 2022, a slight increase over Q2 2022. Verizon Wireless remained second, and saw a slight increase to 119.80 Mbps in Q3 2022. AT&T remained third at 81.22 Mbps — a slight increase from Q2 2022.
For the third quarter of this year, Ookla found that the median download/upload speeds for mobile wireless broadband in the U.S. – encompassing 5G as well as earlier generation networks – was 68.34 Mbps/8.56 Mbps and the mean speeds were 141.54 Mbps/15.48 Mbps. Ookla's report also includes comparative evaluations of latency and video support capabilities by the three competing nationwide mobile wireless providers.
Again, speed and other performance figures can be expected to continue to improve by the end of this year and well into 2023 – particularly for 5G – as AT&T and Verizon continue to phase-in their licensed C-band spectrum for 5G services and T-Mobile brings online additional licensed spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band that it has acquired through the FCC's Auction 108.