Because the US 5G landscape is continuously shifting and transforming, especially at this relatively early stage in the technology’s development and evolution towards inevitable ubiquity, RootMetrics is now updating its market reports tracking the progress of the nation’s top three carriers far more often than just once every three or six months.
Everyone’s a winner once again
Rating the wireless industry’s three major players in exactly three categories almost feels like a way to make sure that no one will be bitterly disappointed or particularly delighted by the findings of this specific mobile network performance evaluator.
The difference is the newest batch of tests covers a grand total of 85 of the 125 most populated metros in the US, up from 65 in May and 45 in April, which means these results bring us one step closer to H1 2021’s full picture. The rankings are thus less and less likely to change by the time the final conclusions of this year’s first-half measurements will be released.
A tale of two different strategies
Leveraging an unrivaled combination of low and mid-band spectrum, Magenta is the only one of the nation’s big three mobile network operators capable of maintaining a perfect 5G coverage record after the surveying of 85 markets this year. That’s right, T-Mo offers 5G in (many) parts of all these 85 cities while winning no less than 58 individual 5G availability battles, the most impressive of which comes from Dallas.
Perhaps most disappointingly for the largest carrier stateside, its other arch-rival looks unfazed at the top of the speed chart, despite not managing to add any outright wins to its tally since the release of the previous report.