Open Signal Report Finds Whose Mobile Networks Are Biggest, Fastest

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2017-02-14

Each year, Open Signal, a company that specializes in wireless coverage mapping around the world, releases its “State of Mobile Networks” report for the United States. The findings are pulled from 4.6 billion measurements collected from nearly 170,000 cell phone users around the country and examine cellular network availability and speeds. According to the report, which includes 2016 data, T-Mobile and Verizon are leading the pack among the major wireless carriers, thanks in no small part to both companies investing heavily in network expansion. Sprint and AT&T, meanwhile, appear to have their work cut out for them to catch up to their competitors. An a macro level, the United States still trails countries including South Korea and Japan in network quality and reliability. The latest “State of Mobile Networks” report is a bit of a mixed bag for U.S. cellular customers. This slide show takes a look at those and other findings and sheds light on the current state of U.S. cellular connectivity.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters

Rocket Fuel