BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A new report from RootMetrics by IHS Markit, the gold standard for mobile performance benchmarking, reveals AT&T takes the top spot for consumer mobile experience in Las Vegas. According to the latest 2nd Half 2018 Las Vegas Metro RootScore Report, AT&T holds the award for overall performance in the area. However, the carrier shares awards for the remaining five categories.
Looking at data performance in the metro area, Sprint records the fastest median download speed at 32.4 Mbps, a notable increase since its previous median download speed measurement of 18.8 Mbps. Meanwhile, AT&T also increases its median download speed from 16.9 Mbps to 24.4 Mbps since the previous round of testing.
"Las Vegas tourists and residents alike need a strong mobile network that can cater to an on-the-go lifestyle," said Doug King, director of business development at RootMetrics. "While AT&T leads, all the carriers are working to meet the high standards of Las Vegas smartphone users, with impressive performance across the board in network reliability, data, and call performance categories."
This is the fifteenth time RootMetrics has tested the mobile networks in Las Vegas and issued findings for the metro area. RootScore Reports provide a scientific, independent, consumer-focused assessment of mobile network performance.
Mobile Performance You Can Depend on
Reliability and speed are crucial to a consistently good mobile experience. RootMetrics indicates performance in these key areas with its network reliability category, a combination of results from data, call, and text tests; and its network speed category, which examines results across testing of data transfers, downloading email, and web/app tasks. With excellent scores of 98.7 and higher, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon share the Network Reliability RootScore Award in a three-way tie, which was previously held by just T-Mobile and Verizon. Notably, AT&T and Verizon also share the award for network speed for the second report in a row.
The data performance category reflects how well networks perform in downloading and uploading data, performing email tasks, and downloading files that approximate loading typical webpages or apps.
AT&T and Verizon share the Data Performance RootScore Award for the second consecutive report. However, Sprint records the fastest median download speed at 32.4 Mbps, while AT&T and T-Mobile record the fastest median upload speeds at 14.6 Mbps and 13.5 Mbps, respectively. At this upload speed, AT&T and T-Mobile subscribers can expect to post a picture to social media in about three seconds.
Call and Text Performance
Call and text capabilities are fundamental to a strong mobile experience. Call performance testing is based on how reliably each network can place and maintain calls, while text performance measures how reliably and quickly consumers can send and receive text messages. All four carriers share the Call Performance RootScore Award, which was previously held by just T-Mobile and Verizon. Meanwhile, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon share the award for text performance, which was previously held by all four carriers.
To evaluate the mobile experience in Las Vegas, RootMetrics conducted tests across all hours of the day and night from October 3 through October 8. Using smartphones purchased off the shelf at carrier stores, tests were conducted indoors at 47 locations and while driving 752 miles. For details about RootMetrics testing, see the methodology section of the RootMetrics website.
RootMetrics®, by IHS Markit, is mobile analytics that measures mobile network performance and offers insights into the consumer mobile experience. RootMetrics provides data on mobile network performance to help the networks improve and give consumers an end-to-end look at mobile performance. To ensure that RootMetrics testing reflects real-world mobile usage, testing is conducted based on where, when and how consumers use their smartphones most often.
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