Report: How Verizon and T-Mobile’s 5G home internet has improved in 2023

Report: How Verizon and T-Mobile’s 5G home internet has improved in 2023

Verizon and T-Mobile have continued their investments in 5G home internet through 2023. And now Ookla has released its latest independent report looking at how it increases performance in download and upload speeds as well as how services compare in urban and rural areas.

Ookla shared its latest research in a post titled “US – The Rise of 5G FWA and the Battle for Fixed Broadband Customers.”

Big takeaways from the new data include:

  • T-Mobile and Verizon 5G FWA performance holds up well nationally
  • Cable and DSL providers are bearing the brunt of user decline
  • Users who switched to 5G home internet (5G FWA) saw an increase over their previous cable or DSL provider
  • More C-band spectrum will strengthen the case for fixed wireless access (FWA).

As for download speeds through 2023, T-Mobile has continued its progress but hasn’t seen much change starting at 119.89 Mbps in Q4 2022 and creeping up to an average speed of 122.48 Mbps by Q3 2023.

Verizon had a significant improvement starting with 94.77 Mbps in Q4 2022 and increasing to 121.23 Mbps by Q3 2023 — nearly matching T-Mobile.

Image via Okla

Upload speeds remained roughly the same during the year between 15-20Mbps.

Urban performance versus rural performance

For urban customers, Verizon was slightly faster in download speeds, averaging 155.77 Mbps.

But for rural customers, T-Mobile led by a large margin with an average speed of 91.96 Mbps.

Image via Okla

Ookla also looked at performance before switching to T-Mobile or Verizon 5G home internet and more. Check out the full report for all the details.

AT&T finally launched its home 5G service this year called “Internet Air.” But it has limited availability and much slower performance than both T-Mobile and Verizon.

Read more about the similarities and differences between the two 5G home internet options in our complete guide:

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