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Test and Measurement: T-Mo is tops again in 5G speed and availability, Rootmetrics says

AT&T and Verizon both sees some improvement, but not enough to top Rootmetrics' rankings Another round of Rootmetrics' analysis of 125 metro markets in the U.S. confirms that T-Mo continues to lead in 5G reach and speed, while Verizon landed its third consecutive win in...

Verizon deploys additional C-Band spectrum for 5G

Verizon said the new move allows it to offer 5G home and business internet services to more customers across the country Verizon says it has started to expand its 5G service with the deployment of 100 megahertz of C-Band spectrum in many markets across the...

The Sunday Brief: How will Apple grow?

More greetings from the 49th state, where Jim and the editor wrapped up their trip last week.  Pictured here is the main boat dock in Seward, Alaska (a TelAlaska/ American Broadband exchange).  Slightly off camera to the left of this picture is a large cruise ship...

Verizon says usage on its 5G Ultra Wideband network grew 249%

Verizon noted that Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Virginia lead the carrier’s list Verizon reported that the data usage on its 5G Ultra Wideband network has increased by 249% since January of 2021, the carrier said in a release. Verizon also said it plans...

The ‘network assessment trifecta’: What’s next for Ookla?

There has been a long-running debate in network testing that basically asks, which is better: Highly controlled and repeatable drive- and walk-testing with special test set-ups to get deep RF and chip-level data, which shows what a network is capable of with the latest...

Can mmWave handle the comeback of congestion? RootMetrics says yes

"Mid-band and especially low-band 5G solutions may not be enough to deliver a smooth experience in crowded situations," RootMetrics says The omicron variant notwithstanding, crowds are gathering once again across the U.S.: In stadiums, at concerts and theaters, at airports and in city centers. With...

Rootmetrics reflects on the US 5G race: It’s a tight one

The first half of 2021 saw a widening swath of Americans with access to 5G mobile networks and better performance on those networks, according to Rootmetrics' latest data. "5G is quickly becoming more widespread, speeds are getting faster, and we expect the end-user ......

Rootmetrics: Verizon stays strong, but AT&T, T-Mo make gains

Verizon's network performance continues to be strong, but both AT&T and T-Mobile US are seeing a streak of performance improvements, according to the most recent round of testing from Rootmetrics. In Rootmetrics' analysis, AT&T saw significant improvements at the national and state levels of...

Rootmetrics hands out June 5G grades

Availability, reliability and speed are three key aspects of a mobile network -- but when it comes to 5G, it appears that each of the three national networks are excelling at a different one of those aspects, at least according to Rootmetrics' analysis. The...

Kagan: What Ookla, RootMetrics, Opensignal 5G reports don’t tell us

Ookla Speedtest, RootMetrics and Opensignal all recently released results of their latest studies of 5G performance between major wireless competitors. Each showed how each wireless carrier is getting better, stronger and faster, quarter after quarter. However, there is something no test mentions, which is...

Test and Measurement: Vegas to test C-V2X

The city of Las Vegas has been granted permission from the Federal Communications Commission to install and test 25 cellular-vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) roadside units, in preparation to transition from testing DSRC technology for connected vehicles, to cellular. Currently, the city has several DSRC roadside units...

Rootmetrics: ‘Strong and improving’ —but still inconsistent—5G networks in US cities

There are two pillars that support the 5G user experience: Availability and performance. According to a new report from Rootmetrics, T-Mobile US is leading in 5G availability across US cities, but AT&T's 5G provides the best performance and AT&T and Verizon both win high...

Looking for fast networks? NYC is the place to be, Rootmetrics says

The most-populous market in the U.S. -- New York City and its surrounds -- is also the fastest, according to a new ranking of metropolitan cellular networks by Rootmetrics. New York City’s aggregate median download speed of 46.3 Mbps was the fastest in the country,...

Test and Measurement: Which Eastern US city has the fastest mobile networks? NYC, according to RootMetrics

New York City has, in aggregate, the fastest mobile networks among the six largest cities in the Eastern half of the country, according to analysis from RootMetrics—and as far as individual networks, Verizon clocked the fastest aggregate network speed. The benchmarking company looked at...

You’re the fastest network! And you’re the fastest network! Everybody’s the fastest network!

T-Mo is crowing about OpenSignal's testing. AT&T touts Ookla's analysis. Verizon brags about its RootMetrics rankings. Within the past week, each of the three national carriers has captured a series of accolades from different benchmarking and analysis companies, a state of affairs that reflects...

Test and Measurement: RootMetrics data supports remote learning in Texas

When school officials in Harris County, Texas sought to purchase wireless air cards to enable thousands of students to do remote learning, they made their purchase decisions in part based on network performance data from benchmarking and analysis company RootMetrics. Harris County covers 1,700...

Test and Measurement: EXFO to acquire InOpticals

EXFO is in the process of acquiring Taiwan-based InOpticals, which specializes in ultra-high-speed test instruments for the laboratory and manufacturing markets with particular strength in 400G/800G transceivers, active and passive components and integrated test systems. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed, although EXFO...

RootMetrics: Verizon is still the network to beat, but AT&T brings the best speeds

In RootMetrics' first round of benchmarking that used 5G-enabled devices to test both 4G and 5G networks, Verizon and AT&T ran neck-and-neck in most categories. But Verizon ultimately topped the rankings in most performance metrics, although AT&T outpaced Verizon in terms of speed. RootMetrics temporarily...

Test and Measurement: Windstream tests 800G in its long-haul network

Windstream and optical networking company Infinera said that they successfully achieved 800 Gbps single-wavelength transmission over 730 kilometers on Windstream’s long-haul network between San Diego, California and Phoenix, Arizona. The two companies also claimed another industry record by looping the signal back and achieving 700G...

RootMetrics test teams saw T-Mo outage play out in real time

  With RootMetrics resuming its regular on-the-ground testing in cities across the United States, the benchmarking and analysis company's testing teams saw the major T-Mobile US outage on Monday play out in real time, as it was happening. RootMetrics had teams doing outdoor testing in 10...

Cloud gaming: Is 5G a gamechanger? RootMetrics plays it out in LA

RootMetrics finds that early 5G deployments support the speeds, but not necessarily the latency, for intensive 5G gaming With its higher speeds and lower latencies, 5G is widely expected to help fuel more widespread adoption of cloud gaming, because it can support a responsive, smooth...

Test and Measurement: AT&T boosting network speeds with 5CA, new sites, more spectrum, RootMetrics says

AT&T is seeing 'excellent and improved' download speeds across many cities, RootMetrics finds Despite new testing being on hold due to the pandemic, RootMetrics is moving ahead with carrier-specific reports on the 55 cities it has already tested in the first half of this...

RootMetrics: COVID-19-driven network shifts ‘unprecedented, unexpected, unlikely to change soon’

The coronavirus pandemic is turning the world on its head in many ways, and its impacts on networks are no exception. In some ways, the strains that is being placed on carrier networks is exactly the opposite of what they were designed for, according...

Is 5G a gamechanger for end-user experience? RootMetrics tests 5G in 5 cities

What's 5G like? It depends a lot on a carrier's spectrum strategy. As U.S. carriers expand their 5G networks' reach, is 5G living up to the promise that it will be a game-changer for end users' mobile experience? Well ... kind of. In some cases, in...

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