RootMetrics has reported that Michigan won the title for the market with the best cellular network performance out of the 125 US markets where the tests were carried out.
The strong performance in Michigan was because of the improvements made by T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ:TMUS) and Sprint Corp (NYSE:S). The ranking was based on the tests carried out by RootMetrics on the performance of cellular networks within the first half of 2016. The final tally revealed that Michigan had the highest score of 98.5 points. The tests analyzed various performance aspects including call performance, messaging performance, network speed, data performance and reliability.
Lancing City had the highest points in some of these segments which is a surprising improvement considering that it was ranked 14th in the second half analysis in 2015. RootMetrics stated that the ranking was driven by carrier performance in the market. Reports from the organization indicated that the overall median download speeds were quite high. T-Mobile had the highest median speed at 41.5 megabits per second. Sprint’s median speed was 15.5 megabits per second.
Indianapolis had the second highest ranking with 98.2 points, thus jumping one point forward from the ranking carried out in the second half of 2015. Atlanta garnered the third spot with 97.9 points, thus sliding back from the top position in the previous RootMetrics test. Atlanta’s strong performance was courtesy of strong median speeds of 33.6 Mbps from Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) on the downlink and 23.6 Mbps on the uplink.
Denver had the poorest results according to the Rootmetrics analysis and as such, it took the last position. All the major carriers had poor performance in Denver with median download speeds below 10 Mbps. Data performance in Denver ranked 124th due to the low speeds. The city was ranked position 121 in terms of data performance and 122 for speed performance in the previous testing meaning there was very little improvement in the first half of 2016.