RootMetrics rankings show which US cities are best for mobile performance

RootMetrics by IHS Markit, the standard for mobile performance benchmarking, has released its series of 1H 2019 US Metro Rankings reports, which compare mobile network performance in the ten largest metropolitan markets in the US, identify the best and worst performing markets, and show how strong performance is in the top high-tech markets in the country, the company said.

Chicago was the top performer amid the country´s ten largest metros, while New York and Los Angeles offered only middle of the pack mobile performance.

Miami´s aggregate median download speed of 25.3 Mbps was the second-slowest among the most populated markets, trailing only Houston.

Seattle offered the best performance among the top high-tech cities, delivering both strong speed and reliability across testing.

Smaller markets excelled in several categories, with Ann Arbor and Lansing, MI offering the fastest aggregate median download speeds across all 125 metro areas.

The new report shows that when it comes to mobile performance, bigger isn´t necessarily better.

New York City and the Tri-State Area, for example, the largest metro in the US, finished with generally average rankings and was home to a solid aggregate median download speed of 41.6 Mbps.

In contrast, Lansing, MI, with a population rank of 117 out of 125, took top honors in the overall performance category, ranking among the top-5 in five out of six test categories, and delivered an impressive aggregate median download speed of 50.4 Mbps.

IHS Markit combines scientific data with real-world mobile performance insights to provide consumers with an independent view of each carrier´s performance. All tests were conducted using unmodified, off-the-shelf Samsung Galaxy S9 smartphones purchased from carrier stores. RootMetrics uses random sampling techniques to ensure results offer a robust characterization of performance across six testing categories, including overall performance, reliability, speed, data performance, call performance and text performance. Aggregate speeds represent a weighted average of median download or upload speeds aggregated across all four carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon) in a given market.

RootMetrics by IHS Markit provides mobile analytics that measure mobile network performance and offer insights into the consumer mobile experience. IHS Markit 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 reflects real-world mobile usage, testing is conducted based on where, when and how consumers use their smartphones most often.

IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO) is a world provider of critical information, analytics and solutions for the major industries and markets that drive economies worldwide. The company delivers next-generation information, analytics and solutions to customers in business, finance and government, improving their operational efficiency and providing deep insights that lead to well-informed, confident decisions.