Even though we’re midway through September now, the top mobile analytics firms in the US are not yet done evaluating the nation’s wireless network performance in general and 5G user experience in particular for the year’s first six months.
Philly, NYC, and Boise rule the charts
The first important conclusion of this very focused research paper is one that’s been rigorously documented and repeatedly confirmed before. Namely, that bigger doesn’t always mean faster (or better in general) when it comes to cities and 5G networks.
Then again, there is obviously an exception to every rule, and in this particular case, the exception is called Philadelphia, which is both a top five US city by population and a… top one (out of the aforementioned 105) city as far as aggregate 5G median download speeds are concerned.
Apart from Boise and the aforementioned Rochester and Albany, the latest RootMetrics report also highlights Greenville, South Carolina as a “small town with big-time speeds”, and alas, low 5G availability scores.
What are T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T’s best cities?
While that’s obviously not a question with one simple answer, RootMetrics analysts have identified Kansas City, MO, Hampton Roads, VA, and Shreveport, LA as the very best places to live for speed addicts on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon respectively.
Said 5G speed win is registered in NYC, and unfortunately for Big Red’s hardcore fans, the carrier doesn’t perform exceptionally well in the three blazing fast 5G cities that are not Philadelphia or New York. In contrast, AT&T achieves another double victory in Washington, DC, eclipsing its arch-rivals in terms of both average 5G speeds and availability.