An earlier analysis of 5G network performance by IHS Markit’s RootMetrics found that there was still much room for improvement in the performance of 4G networks, noting that in some places 4G data rates even exceeded 5G. The study, conducted in the second half of 2019, highlights differences in 5G network coverage and speed.
In Los Angeles, for example, the maximum download rate is significantfrom 125.7Mbps from T-Mobile to 627Mbps for Verizon.
RootMetrics points out that Verizon’s 4G data rate is above the average for the city’s T-Mobile 5G network, almost the same as the 5G service offered by AT?amp;T.
However, T-Mobile topped the list in terms of 5G coverage, accounting for nearly 39 per cent of Los Angeles. That compares with 36.4 percent for Sprint, 6.7 percent for AT.T and less than 1 percent for Verizon.
Sprint has a top 5G rate of 201.1Mbps in the city.
RootMetrics points out that the results reflect operators’ use of different 5G bands: while Verizon’s preferred millimeter wave has faster speeds, its competitors’ sub-6GHz spectrum can spread farther to provide greater coverage.
Although the initial results were “somewhat mixed”, RootMetrics predicted that data rates and coverage would increase over time, in line with “technical upgrades.”