If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll probably recognize the Speedtest.net URL. It is a website that can show you the speed of your internet connection. It’s run by Ookla (disclosure: Extremetech’s parent company Ziff Davis also owns Ookla), and the company has analyzed the results of human testing on its site for Q1 2022. With this information, it can now reveal which mobile broadband providers deliver the most performance. The report focuses on mobile broadband and the big winner is T-Mobile, in every category it has measured. The report also sheds some light on the fastest phones, chipsets, and even the regions with the best internet speeds.
When it comes to cellular carriers, Ookla ranked the three major carriers: T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T. As we mentioned earlier, T-Mobile dominated the proceedings. It leads the pack in median download speed, consistency, 5G download speed, availability and consistency, and tied to Verizon in latency. T-Mobile’s median download speed of 117.83 Mb/s was practically double that of Verizon and AT&T, which offered 62.62 Mb/s and 56.10 Mb/s, respectively. On its 5G network, it averaged a whopping 191.12 Mb/s, which was nearly double Verizon’s speed and triple AT&T’s. All three companies offered mediocre latency numbers, with both T-Mobile and Verizon at 31ms, and AT&T trailing at 34ms. That’s close enough to say it’s a wash in that category. Also in terms of consistency, all three companies were very close to each other. Ookla defines that as a consistent base speed. For 5G and fixed broadband, that is 25Mb/s download and 3Mb/s upload. For mobile it is 5Mb/s download and 1Mb/s upload.
When it comes to the fastest mobile devices, the results should come as no surprise. Leading the way is Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S22 Ultra, which has a median download speed of 116.33 Mb/s with 14 Mb/s upload. It followed the Z Fold3 5G, which is neck and neck with Apple’s own flagship, the 13 Pro Max. Both phones had an average download speed of about 100 Mb/s and upload speeds of 12 Mb/s. The iPhone 13 Pro and Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G round out the top five. Out of all the devices tested in general, both Samsung and Apple phones were very close. Samsung has a slight lead with a median download speed of 62.68 Mb/s compared to Apple’s 60.38 Mb/s.
When it comes to the fastest mobile chipsets, it’s a full Android leader. Of the top five, four are Qualcomm and one is Tensor-based from Google. The top three are all from Qualcomm, with the top dog being the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. This is the SoC that is in the Samsung Galaxy S22 and will probably be in every Android flagship phone by 2022.
Finally, it also mentioned where the fastest speeds were offered. Thought you’d think it’s somewhere in Silicon Valley, it’s actually Minnesota. The “you betcha” state finished first for mobile download speeds in the US. It offers a median download speed of 92.31 Mb/s via T-Mobile. Also, all of the fastest rankings for states were also from T-Mobile. It is striking that the state of California is not in the top ten of fastest cities by Ookla. Minnesota’s capital, St. Paul, was the fastest city in the US, with a download speed of 136.72 Mb/s. It is followed in the rankings by Tampa, FL.