The Award for Fastest Mobile Network in the US Goes to AT&T (PCWorld/Tech Hive)



In the world of mobile providers there are a lot of claims out there about which network is the fastest.  It’s confusing if you are a consumer to say the least so, which network is really the fastest?  Over at Tech Hive they have done some testing to figure out the answer to this question.  They went to 20 major cities and tested 10 locations in each of these cities (doing 200 tests total) using a Samsung Galaxy Note II for each of these tests.  What exactly did they find out?  That AT&T on average is the fastest network in the US.  Not by a little mind you but surprisingly by a lot. 


As you can read for yourself above AT&T average download speed is 13.45 mbps while 2nd place was Verizon at 9.61 and T-Mobile at 9.01.  This means that AT&T’s LTE is nearly 40% faster than Verizon’s or T-Mobile’s.

What’s this mean to you the Nokia user?  Actually it’s a great thing!  With Nokia giving AT&T exclusives on all of their flagship devices it means not only will you have the best phone on the market but you will also have the best network on market to power that device.

Want to see more details?  You can check the rest of the numbers here.


Below is the official AT&T statement:



DALLAS, TX, MAY 22, 2013 — The AT&T* 4G LTE network has been ranked fastest for a second consecutive year by PCWorld/TechHive. The tests in 20 U.S. markets show AT&T wireless customers are benefiting from blazing-fast wireless Internet speeds.


AT&T also outpaced the competition last year in PCWorld/TechHive’s 2012 wireless Internet speed tests, having delivered faster download speeds than any other national carrier in 13 cities tested. Speed is the name of the game for mobile Internet service, as customers are taking advantage of smartphones and apps to help manage their busy lives. In this year’s PCWorld/TechHive report, AT&T led the speed tests with an average download speed of 13.15 mbps and an average upload speed of 6.45 mbps.


“With consumer demand for wireless data continuing to grow rapidly, it’s more important than ever that U.S. wireless carriers not only keep pace with demand, but deliver network speeds fast enough to enable new mobile web experiences,” said Jason Snell, Editorial Director, PCWorld/TechHive.


The AT&T 4G LTE network has also been recognized for speed and performance by other third-party testing firms. AT&T 4G LTE is available in 228 markets and covers more than 200 million people. Improving the wireless network continues to be a priority for AT&T.


“Our customers are doing more with their smartphones,” said Kris Rinne, AT&T senior vice president-network technologies. “We’re giving them the ability to do it faster when they read email, send photos, check the news and much more. We’ve built the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network to help them get the most out of the mobile Internet. Third-party testing validates the work we’ve done to give our customers the speed they want.”**


AT&T has built the nation’s largest 4G network, and its customers are able to enjoy widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G speeds on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas on AT&T 4G HSPA+. With some competitors, smartphone customers may fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage.


Over the past five years, AT&T invested nearly $98 billion into operations, more than any other public company in the U.S.


Find More Information Online:


Web Site Links: Related Media Kits:
AT&T NewsAT&T Wireless

AT&T 4G Network

AT&T Network NewsAT&T Mobile Devices


Related Releases: Related Materials:
AT&T Plans to Launch Blackberry Z10 and Blackberry Q10 Smartphones Powered by Blackberry 10, for Consumer and Business CustomersAT&T to Acquire Wireless Spectrum and Assets from Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc., Enhance Wireless Coverage in Rural Areas

AT&T Enhances Mobile Broadband Coverage in Time for the Big Game and Carnival Season

Infographic: AT&T 4G EvolutionVideo: What is LTE?

Video: 4G LTE and HSPA+ Coverage

Video: 4G Shopping Tips

Video: AT&T 4G Network Speeds

Infographic: 2012 Network Investment


*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

**Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Claim based on a comparison of U.S. national carriers’ average 4G LTE download speeds for Android™ and Windows smartphones and iPhone 5. 4G speeds not available everywhere. Learn more at

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T │DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at and YouTube at

© 2013 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. 4G not available everywhere. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.