T-Mobile: We're not the fastest network yet, but we're getting there

First, the fight was over which carrier had the largest "4G" network. Now, the debate will turn to which one has the fastest. T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) may not be claiming to be the fastest wireless network in the U.S. right now, but expect the company to make that announcement soon. T-Mobile CEO John Legere told the media at a press event in New York (where it announced plans to effectively kill global data roaming rates in more than 100 countries) that T-Mobile is seeing speeds between 6 Mbps and 20 Mbps on its LTE network. "You can download 11 songs in 3 or 4 seconds," Legere said.

T-Mobile also claims its nationwide LTE network, which now covers more than 200 million POPs, delivers faster speeds than the Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and Sprint (NYSE:S) LTE networks. In addition, T-Mobile claims its network is faster than AT&T's (NYSE:T) in 10 of the top 20 metropolitan markets.

Legere observed in an interview with AllThingsD that the operator was close to saying in this week's announcement that T-Mobile now has the nation's fastest 4G LTE network. "I'm not announcing we're the fastest," Legere said.  "I'm announcing we will be announcing that." Article