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Atlanta, Chicago and Indy top RootMetrics latest cellular performance rankings

Atlanta and Chicago repeat as top market performers in RootMetrics cellular network performance tests

RootMetrics this week released a market-by-market comparison of cellular network performance across 125 markets, taking measurements from the company’s testing during the second half of last year.

Atlanta, Chicago and Indianapolis topped the list in overall available cellular performance, each garnering a score of 98.2. Sacramento, California, was a close No. 4 with a score of 98, followed by Rockford, Illinois, with a score of 97.9.

Atlanta and Chicago topped the list from testing conducted during the first half of 2015, which also had Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee; and Jacksonville, Florida, rounding out the top five.

Among the nation’s five largest markets, New York City ranked No. 76 with a score of 96.3; Los Angeles was No. 94 with a score of 95.7; Chicago as previously noted was No. 1; Miami was No. 28 with a score of 97.1; and Philadelphia was No. 42 with a score of 96.8.

The five worst performing markets in RootMetrics latest test were perennial last-place finisher Hudson Valley, New York, with a score of 90.5; followed by Omaha, Nebraska, with a score of 91.5; Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with a score of 92.4; Santa Rosa, California, with a score of 93; and Denver with a score of 93.8. Hudson Valley ranked at the bottom in the previous results, just behind Reno, Nevada; Omaha; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and El Paso, Texas.

RootMetrics last month awarded Verizon Wireless its top overall score among wireless carrier performance for the second half of last year. The results had Verizon Wireless scoring the top overall performance across five tested metrics: network reliability, network speed, data performance, call performance and text performance. In terms of “overall performance,” Verizon Wireless garnered a 94.5 score from RootMetrics, followed by a 91.3 score for AT&T Mobility, 86 score for Sprint and 80.9 score for T-Mobile US.

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