Although we have seen in recent weeks that various analysis firms have launched a whole range of compare and contrast different reports With the mobile network experience delivered by the three major US carriers, RootMetrics may have just come out with the ultimate assessment of the rural 5G landscape in the first half of 2022.
We’re talking that entire six-month period, mind you, on foot and behind the wheel, both in broad daylight and at night, using the “latest Samsung Galaxy 5G-enabled smartphones” on the 125 most populous metropolitan areas. markets in the state.
There can only be one winner
And the name is T-Mobile. Now don’t be shocked, because the “Un-carrier” just keeps its 5G availability and 5G speed crowns from the second half of last year.
What’s perhaps a little unexpected is that Magenta has somehow managed to extend its competitive edge (again) in both categories, boosting the number of regional 5G availability and 5G speed titles from an already impressive 83 and 48 in H2 2021 to 100 and now 75.
Simply put, T-Mo offers the best right now 5G availability in a staggering 100 of the nation’s 125 most populous areas, with its blazing-fast signal setting a staggering 99.3 percent availability record in McAllen, Texas, whose residents essentially never have to settle for aging 4G LTE connectivity.
Meanwhile, Fayetteville, North Carolina leads the 75 markets where T-Mobile delivers the fastest 5G download speeds with, for lack of a better word, a staggering median score of 410 Mbps (!!!). T-Mo unbelievably exceeds 200 Mbps download rates in 59 of those 75 cities, including 16 where the average result exceeds 300 Mbps.
But because there’s no such thing as a perfect carrier (at least not yet), T-Mobile continues to suffer when it comes to 5G data reliability, a category where Verizon is still number one, with 95 individual trophies, followed by AT&T with a whopping 70 titles of its own.
While generally considered a less meaningful measure of network performance than speed and availability by “everyday” users, reliability is certainly important, in fact completes the picture by assessing how easy it is to get and stay connected to a certain signal in the real world.
Everyone improves at every level
While we all love a good fight and the main point of these in-depth tests is clearly to name a winner and two losers, pretty much everyone benefits from the overall progress of the US wireless industry as a whole.
T-Mobile, Verizon, and yes, even AT&T is making great strides across the board, slowly paving the way for a (not so distant) future of faster, broader and more reliable 5G experiences for all mobile users across the country.
AT&T, for example, which at first glance may seem like the market’s biggest loser, continues to ramp up its 5G availability in “many cities” while delivering “extremely good” reliability results and…still suffering from a 5G speed perspective. , largely due to its late mid-band adoption and slow initial C-Band rollout.
Because Verizon moves much faster on the C-Band implementation front, its 5G speed scores have already significantly improved in many areas and should continue to do so in the coming months (even years), which will no doubt increase the pressure on T-Mobile to maintain its own progress rate.
Remarkably, that’s exactly what the “Un-carrier” has apparently done since H2 2021, making it already industry-leading use of fast and wide mid-band spectrum by “about” 20 percent, which explains the continued rise in 5G speeds.