Verizon Has the Fastest and Most Reliable 4G Network: RootMetrics

by Istvan Fekete on February 11, 2015

After finishing a series of nationwide speed and reliability tests in the US, RootMetrics is back with the results. While the clear winner in terms of overall performance is Verizon, the latest numbers reveal noticeable network upgrades for a couple of carriers.

Both Verizon and T-Mobile have posted impressive 4G network speeds, the result of big upgrades they have implemented on their LTE networks during the past year.

The good thing about the RootMetrics report is that it won’t compile an average speed number for a carrier’s entire coverage footprint, and there is a plausible explanation for that: It’s useless, because customers are more interested in speed data based on their location rather than the national average. We’ve seen this localisation with the Canadian network test results, and it was a most welcome change.

RootMetrics now shows the number of metro markets where the carrier’s average download speed hit a particular benchmark, such as 10 Mbps or 20 Mbps, and you can now check individual city reports as well.

Now let’s get to the numbers: During their testing, Root found that in the second half of 2014 Verizon averaged 10 Mbps or better download speeds in 122 cities, closely followed by T-Mobile in 108 cities. AT&T wasn’t far behind with 93 cities, but things are getting interesting in the higher speeds.

In 41 cities, T-Mobile averaged 20 Mbps or faster, while Verizon had similar performance in 40 cities. AT&T hit that benchmark in 14 cities, despite holding the Root speed crown a year ago.

The explanation is pretty simple: Verizon turned on a brand-spanking-new LTE grid in the AWS spectrum, so it was able to double the speed and capacity of its original 4G service. Meanwhile, T-Mobile has been busy acquiring more AWS spectrum, which has allowed the carrier to upgrade its network performance.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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