Even though it’s only been a little over a month since RootMetrics last scrutinized the US wireless industry, trying to determine who was leading the nation’s 5G race in “early 2021”, the analytics firm is already taking another look at the data, tracking Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile’s progress in this fast-growing landscape.
AT&T still reigns supreme in terms of speeds, but Verizon is closing the gap fast
With plenty of ties still registered across the country, AT&T holds a clear lead over the competition as far as everyday 5G download speeds are concerned in a grand total of 15 major markets, compared to nine for Verizon and eight for T-Mobile.
When it comes to individual cities, Big Red crushes both Ma Bell and Magenta with its 95 Mbps “everyday” and 114.2 Mbps “5G-only” median download speed records registered in Lansing, Michigan. Perhaps more significantly, all the “big three” US carriers are showing great speed progress in almost every new city tested.
One win for T-Mobile, one win for Verizon
It’s practically impossible for any of the nation’s top wireless service providers to claim an overwhelming victory in this latest 5G war (although something tells us they will all try to do so) once you also take into consideration the availability and data reliability aspects of the in-depth analysis.
In case you’re wondering, that essentially means your odds of both getting and staying connected to 5G are much better on Verizon than AT&T and especially T-Mobile in most markets probed by RootMetrics so far this year.
Of course, you shouldn’t extrapolate that conclusion (or any other determination in this report) to the entire country, although T-Mobile’s 5G availability title is truly impossible to contest.