Verizon Tops in Latest Network Performance Study

Businesses looking to add wireless service or change carriers might want to take a look at the latest numbers from RootMetrics, the mobile network analytics firm.

The company is out with its report card for the second half of 2015, giving Verizon the top score among the big four carriers for overall performance. Big Red tallied 94.5 points (out of 100), followed closely by AT&T, which scored 91.3. Sprint was third, with 86 points, and T-Mobile came in last, with 80.9. The New Jersey-based telco giant also earned the highest scores in all of the subcategories, including reliability, speed, data and call performance, and text. (AT&T was declared a co-winner for text; its score was only a fraction of a point lower than Verizon’s in that category.)

AT&T ranked second in all categories except call performance, where Sprint edged out the Dallas-based company. Sprint finished second or third in four out of six categories, showing “a great deal of improvement in our metro area and state testing,” RootMetrics said. A significant LTE upgrade in the past couple of years is a big reason why.{ad}

There wasn’t much change for T-Mobile from the first half of the year to the second. The Magenta Network continues to do much better in metro areas than in rural locations.

“Other networks are making improvements in an effort to close the gap, but Verizon continues to lead the pack,” the report says. Of course, who is tops where you live can vary.

RootMetrics compares network performance not only nationwide, but within the 125 most populous metro areas across the U.S. and within each of the 50 states.

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