Mobile 5G may not be here yet, but investments carriers have been making to get ready for 5G in dense urban areas is already paying off in terms of faster and more reliable service. And it’s likely to only get better as the race to real 5G continues in 2019. That’s the takeaway from a report from independent network testing firm, RootMetrics. In its semi-annual report, which tests network performance for all four major US carriers in 125 metro markets across all 50 states, the firm saw some of the biggest shifts in performance among all four carriers in cities, where wireless carriers have been busy upgrading their networks to get ready for 5G. “Across the board, we’re seeing the carriers make speed and reliability a top focus across the major U.S. cities,” Doug King, director of business development at RootMetrics. “While all the networks begin to lay the foundation for 5G rollouts, initial implementations are already driving slightly faster speeds and higher reliability for mobile users in metros across the country.” In terms of the testing, Verizon led the pack with the most award wins across the board. It was also the company’s 11th straight overall win in the RootMetrics test. The company recorded median download speeds of more than 20 Mbps in 111 cities out of 125 cities tested. It also scored high marks for reliability. AT&T, which came in second overall, also saw median download speeds of more than 20 Mbps in 98 cities, an increase from… [Read full story]
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