RootMetrics 5G report puts AT&T in first place
The latest study of network performance by testing firm RootMetrics delivered one result that shouldn’t surprise people who’ve spent much time testing 5G phones and hotspots – and another result that might raise a few eyebrows.
The report, released Thursday, credited T-Mobile with the best 5G availability in 45 markets tested but gave an overall nod to AT&T for superior 5G download speeds and reliability.
“AT&T led the competition, delivering a combination of the fastest worst-case, median, and best-case 5G download speeds together in 14 cities,” the report summed up. “T-Mobile registered the fastest speeds across all three metrics in six markets, while Verizon did so in three cities.”
The RootMetrics report noted that T-Mobile was the only carrier out of the big three to offer 5G in all of the 45 cities it tested, while AT&T offered it in 44 and Verizon in 43. The most recent nationwide RootMetrics report, released in February, also found that T-Mobile had “the largest 5G footprint of any carrier.”
But Thursday’s study judged AT&T to offer a slightly more reliable 5G service – both in terms of connecting to a 5G signal and staying on it – than either of its rivals.
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