Verizon vs T-Mobile vs AT&T: Who will win the 5G wars from early 2021?


Just a little over a month after seeing it T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T has unveiled its 5G network expansion and upgrade plans for the remainder of 2021 and beyond. It is time to reconsider the current status, performance, and potential of these networks in the real world.

Of course, the speed, availability, and reliability tests routinely performed by RootMetrics are not always fully representative of the real-world experience of smartphone users, but these independent reports, without a doubt, remain our best indicator of the amazing progress that is being made by the entire US cellular industry.

5G speeds are on the rise, but the fastest carrier might surprise you

The above-mentioned mobile analytics company’s latest comprehensive research paper focuses on 45 cities in the US and the incredible work of the country’s top three wireless carriers between November 2020 and March 2021 to improve average 5G download speeds.
These numbers have nearly risen nationwide for both AT&T and T-Mobile. Verizon is delivering robust 5G download speeds between January 15 and March 4 of this year that had essentially no equivalent in the August 5 to November 6, 2020 period pretty obvious reasons.

A bit surprising AT&T tops the latest RootMetrics US 5G speed graph, despite being constantly excluded from the talks and predictions of all industry experts current and future market leaders.

At least for the time being and at least in these 45 markets, Ma Bell’s combination of extensive low-band spectrum and limited mmWave technology proves the success strategy. Granted, we’re not talking about a crushing victory over T-Mobile and Verizon, but AT & T’s 31 cities with average 5G download speeds between 50 and 100 Mbps beat the total of the two arch-rivals in the same section.

Perhaps even more impressive was that AT&T was able to deliver “the absolute best 5G speed experience” in a total of 14 cities, compared to just six and three for T-Mobile and Verizon, respectively. This indicator combines the median with the speed of the 5th percentile and the 95th percentile to give a more realistic view of different usage scenarios, ranging from the best to the worst on a given day.

The 5G availability and reliability wars produce different winners

If that’s what you expect to hear T-Mobile has managed to earn another 5G availability title and prepare to be proven to be spot on.

But while Magenta’s supremacy in this key department remains undisputed, both AT&T and Verizon deserves serious credit for their own solid improvements. Big Red, for example, counts 19 markets with a 5G availability of at least 40 percent, which is nothing compared to the 39 and 37 values ​​of T-Mo and AT&T, which only four months earlier from … 0 jumped.

In the meantime, T-Mobile still has plenty of room for improvement in the area of ​​speed in order to meet the high availability figures for services. The same goes for the reliability of 5G, where AT&T and Verizon currently share their industry leadership status.

5G data reliability refers to the ability of each carrier to both connect the user to a high-speed signal and maintain that connection for a long enough time to complete a standard speed test.

Combining the two factors (connecting and staying connected), all three cellular network operators excelled and delivered “generally exceptional” 5G data reliability. But AT & T shone (slightly) brighter than Verizon, which in turn put T-Mobile clearly in the shade.

Overall, this report should definitely put a big smile on the faces of AT & T’s top executives, but in the absence of a mid-band spectrum portfolio capable of doing so Competition with T-Mobile’s resources and a compelling plan for rapid deployment The newly acquired C-band spectrum is only a matter of time before Ma Bell’s surprising 5G supremacy is completely wiped out by the competition.

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