Verizon takes top spot in network quality reportT-Mobile leapfrogs Sprint for No. 3 spot
2014-08-19 09:21 by Daniela
Verizon Wireless beat out the other three national carriers for overall network performance, reliability and speed in the first half of 2014, according to an analysis by RootMetrics.
RootMetrics released the results from its 2014 Midyear US National RootScore Report on Monday. The report provides insights and comparisons of network performance for the entire United States, within each of the 50 states, as well as in the 125 largest metro areas in the country.
RootMetrics testers drove more than 234,000 miles, visited more than 6,4000 indoor locations and conducted more than 5.6 million tests across all 50 states, the company said. The tests RootMetrics conducts measure speed, reliability, call, and text messaging quality among other metrics. It ranks the carriers nationally, but also offers insights into performance based on individual states and local communities.
"Verizon has recaptured the top spot in speed, while AT&T has slipped a little," Bill Moore, CEO for RootMetrics, said in an interview. "Overall the companies are neck and neck. When it comes to reliability, AT&T is getting closer to parity with Verizon."
Overall, RootMetrics gave Verizon a score of 81.6, followed by AT&T at 79.5, though the company also gives out a variety of separate rankings based on categories such as speed, reliability and call/text quality. It also ranks the carriers on a state and local basis.
T-Mobile showed a solid focus on network performance in urban areas in the first half of 2014, while both T-Mobile and Sprint "have started to close the gap," between themselves and Verizon and AT&T, RootMetrics reported. Both T-Mobile and Sprint typically require customers to roam more often onto other networks in rural areas of the U.S., while remaining strongest in metro areas.