Speed test results push back against AT&T’s ‘fastest network’ 5G E claims

Last week, AT&T proudly crowned itself as “the nation’s fastest wireless network,” buoyed by speed tests from Ookla and its misleadingly named 5G E — i.e., LTE — network. But there’s just one problem: as Ookla has taken the time to point out in a blog post, AT&T’s claim isn’t nearly as resounding of a victory as the company has declared.

Now, it is true that AT&T did have the fastest overall mean mobile broadband speeds in America in Q1 2019. But taken as a whole for the quarter, AT&T’s average download speed was 34.65 Mbps — only marginally better than T-Mobile’s 34.11 Mbps average speeds, or Verizon’s 33.07 Mbps.

It’s part of an upward trend for AT&T, which has…

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