Verizon topples AT&T in wireless service tests
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Research Triangle Park, N.C. — Verizon tops AT&T as the most reliable and fastest wireless service provider in the Triangle and across North Carolina, according to test data compiled by research firm RootMetrics.
AT&T, which topped the survey in 2013, did score best in texting.
Results in the Tar Heel state largely reflected the national findings from RootMetrics, which declared Verizon, the nation's No. 1 wireless provider in terms of subscribers, the top provider overall.
"Verizon has done well with the quick deployment of their AWS [advanced wireless service] network," RootMetrics President Bill Moore told Bloomberg news. "A year ago AT&T was speeding up, while Verizon was slowing down. There's always an ebb and flow as new networks eventually carry more load."
Based in Bellevue, Wash., RootMetrics conducts tests twice a year around the country both indoors and outdoors.
RootMetrics data rated Verizon the best carrier overall across the state with a score of 96.1 vs. 90.8 for AT&T. Sprint ranked third at 80.1 and T-Mobile finished last at 74.1.
In the survey for the second half of 2013, AT&T led the way at 96.6 vs. 94.1 for Verizon.
Rankings for Durham and Raleigh markets largely reflected the statewide totals.
The N.C. Reliability rankings:
1. Verizon, 98
2. AT&T, 94.1
3. Sprint, 84.7
4. T-Mobile, 75.6
The N.C. Speed rankings:
1. Verizon, 89.6
2. AT&T, 81.8
3. Sprint, 65.3
4. T-Mobile, 65.1
The N.C. data rankings:
1. Verizon, 95.9
2. AT&T, 91
3. Sprint, 76.1
4. T-Mobile, 60.7
The N.C. Call Performance rankings:
1. Verizon, 96.9
2. AT&T, 89.9
3. Sprint, 81.4
4. T-Mobile, 78.8
The N.C. Text rankings:
1. AT&T, 93.6
2. Verizon, 93.2
3. Sprint, 91.7
4. T-Mobile, 86.1
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