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T-Mobile Trumps Competitors At GOP Convention

T-Mobile said it mustered the fastest data speeds at last week’s Republican National Convention (RNC), beating out archrival Verizon Wireless by nearly 50 percent.

The self-proclaimed un-carrier said it conducted tests in and around Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena July 18-21 using Ookla’s broadband assessment tool. The result: T-Mobile achieved total average speeds of 35.8 Mbps, compared to 23 Mbps for AT&T, 20.6 Mbps for Verizon and 18.5 Mbps for No. 4 carrier Sprint.

Source: T-Mobile

It is not clear whether the Magenta carrier or its competitors upgraded their mobile infrastructure in advance of the convention as they did for Super Bowl 50, although T-Mobile acknowledges slower typical speeds in Cleveland of 28.6 Mbps — which still topped its rivals.

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The company said total data usage on its network during the RNC was up 49 percent over an average week, with nearly 25 percent of the consumption used to stream video.

Speaking of video streaming, the carrier has added 16 more content providers to its Binge On program, for a total of over 100 services. The latest additions include ABC, Apple Music, Dish Anywhere, Disney Channel, Fox Now, FXNow, and Nat Geo TV.

Binge On allows customers to receive streaming video at a 480p resolution without using any of their data allotment, and is one of T-Mobile’s multiple un-carrier incentives.

The company plans to report its second-quarter earnings results tomorrow.