T-Mobile is at the top according to data for the first half of 2022, but Verizon is closing in.
After halfway through 2022, one company that tests wireless networks reported that the ranks for 5G performance are largely unchanged from when the year began, and that’s fantastic news if you use T-Mobile for your wireless service.
T-Mobile maintained its position as the best 5G network in the United States, according to the most recent RootMetrics report, thanks to both speed and accessibility. The two networks made progress in the first part of the year, even though such elements make it difficult for rivals Verizon and AT&T to surpass T-Mobile as the best phone provider for 5G coverage.
With the inclusion of integrated C-Band 5G, which went live at the beginning of the year, Verizon, in particular, seems promising. RootMetrics discovered that the C-Band spectrum offered appreciable performance gains in the regions where it was accessible, reaching rates of more than 250 Mbps in one market. The mobile phone company could soon overtake T-Mobile, given Verizon’s sustained leadership in RootMetrics’ 5G data dependability rankings.
T-Mobile continues to have the best 5G availability
According to RootMetrics data, T-Mobile has the greatest amount of 5G coverage in each market. The Uncarrier outperformed AT&T (39 markets) and Verizon with the most 5G availability across 100 markets (3 markets).
T-Mobile was the only carrier to consistently report 5G availability of at least 55 percent across all markets. T-Mobile saw a rise in 5G availability in 110 markets, more than each of the other two mobile providers combined.
Nevertheless, Verizon and AT&T did make considerable progress, especially Verizon. Compared to the last six months of 2021, Big Red improved in 99 markets and increased the availability of 5G to at least 85% in five additional locations.
With less than 25% 5G penetration in 36 markets, AT&T fell short in several areas. Nevertheless, the carrier made progress in 85 areas and had more than Verizon in terms of markets with at least 85% 5G network coverage.
Verizon C-Band improves 5G speed but still falls short of T-Mobile
With their new 5G C-Band spectrum networks, Verizon and AT&T were presumably hoping to overtake T-Mobile, but they still have some distance to cover before taking the top spot. With median download speeds of more than 250 Mbps in almost 40 markets, T-Mobile stands out as the only network that did not record download speeds of less than 25 Mbps.
However, Verizon did reap significant advantages from C-Band. Mid-band 5G spectrum, known as C-Band, is a type of spectrum that AT&T and Verizon recently began deploying in the United States.
Gains for AT&T seem to be average, partly because its rollout is more constrained than Verizon’s strategy. RootMetrics only identified the C-Band spectrum for AT&T in 23 markets while identifying it for Verizon in 81 markets. Verizon was able to enhance 5G speeds in 63 places using its C-Band airwaves as a result.
T-Mobile uses mid-band 5G, although its C-Band spectrum networks won’t go live until 2023. However, the Uncarrier has received a huge boost because of its mid-band spectrum holdings obtained through the Sprint deal. It’s a significant factor in why T-Mobile has consistently held the title of fastest 5G network for a whole year. Read Also; Do you want to build a PC? It’s the Best Time in Years.
5G reliability remains a strong suit for Verizon
The 5G network from AT&T shined out in this particular area. Better than any other network, AT&T phones connected to 5G in their market 99.5 percent of the time in 107 markets.
Unfortunately, they are the only positives for AT&T; it only maintained connectivity in 54 of those markets, well behind T-Mobile and Verizon. T-Mobile had marginal gains in all categories, but it still came in second and third for connectivity.
In terms of 5G reliability, Verizon was the undisputed champion. No other network even matched its connection success rate, which was just five fewer markets than AT&T but more than 100 markets where it stayed connected. Verizon’s 5G network took home the award for outstanding dependability for RootMetrics for the third consecutive six-month period. Read More; 5G Coalition Accuses SpaceX Of Starlink Misinformation Campaign
T-Mobile is still RootMetrics’ top-ranked 5G network
Verizon and AT&T could not overtake T-Mobile in the first half of the year despite having access to the C-Band spectrum which resulted in genuinely significant gains. Since that is consistent with the outcomes of earlier tests, we cannot pretend to be surprised.
According to speed data from the second quarter of this year, T-Mobile has the fastest mobile network in the United States, and this superiority is still present in its 5G networks. Although the 5G industry is continuously changing, T-dominance Mobile is now showing to be rather steady.