Verizon’s network was awarded best overall and won or tied six of seven award categories, including overall network performance, reliability, data, call and text as well as the network accessibility category, the latest RootMetrics’ H1 2020 US State of the Mobile Union report indicated.
The report said Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband were “outstanding” and Verizon’s “4G LTE network has continued to deliver outstanding results. Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband is currently available in parts of 36 US cities.
“The stringent methodology of these reports reinforces our network approach as we continue to accelerate the deployment of our 5G Ultra Wideband network and prepare to launch our nationwide 5G network this year,” Kyle Malady, chief technology officer at Verizon, said in a statement.
Verizon’s network reliability RootScore was 95.9 nationally, the highest in the US wireless industry. Verizon won or shared 41 Speed RootScore Awards out of 55 metros in H1 2020, the most of any carrier this half.
Verizon earned 329 RootScore Awards this half out of 385 opportunities and won or shared the new Accessibility RootScore Award in 45 out of 55 metros. Verizon also won or shared the Overall RootScore Award in 52 metros and the Reliability Award in 54 metros (out of 55).
Verizon earned 329 RootScore awards out of 385 possible awards in its metro area report, measuring network performance across 55 of the most populated cities around the country. The nearest competitor to Verizon garnered 193 awards.
Verizon only registered median download speeds under 20 Mbps in two markets, the fewest of any carrier.
How AT&T and T-Mobile performed?
AT&T has beaten Verizon to win the US Network Speed RootScore Award. AT&T delivered fast speeds within the top 125 metropolitan markets and during testing beyond the metro level. Verizon recorded a median download speed of 36 Mbps at the national level.
AT&T, at a speed of 42 Mbps, clocked the fastest US aggregate median download speed among all networks. AT&T shared the United States Text RootScore Award with Sprint and Verizon.
Sprint improves in five categories at the national level and earns a share of the US Text RootScore Award. Sprint shared the US Text RootScore Award with AT&T and Verizon and showed strong improvement in national testing results. Sprint increased its rank in five categories in 1H 2020.
T-Mobile delivers strong text results but ranks fourth in six categories. T-Mobile typically performs much better in metropolitan markets than it does at the national level, and that remained the case in 1H 2020. T-Mobile’s US Text RootScore of 90 was strong.
RootMetrics conducted real-world tests by driving nearly 203,000 miles across the United States, covering all 50 states and 125 metro areas. Their testers conducted over two million tests across seven categories. Their scientific methodology tests networks side-by-side, at the same time and in the same locations.