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