Verizon (NYSE:VZ) has earned the top spot for being the best wireless carrier in the U.S in RootMetrics report. The wireless carrier showed excellent performance in the second half of 2014 when compared with the other three leading carriers.
Verizon had also gained the top spot during the first half of 2014 and was even better in the second half due to investments. On a scale of 100 points, the company scored 93.9 followed by AT&T with 91.7 points in the second position. RootMetrics conducts the large-scale survey for ranking cellular networks based on reliability, speed and call performance.
Wireless networks analyst Kagan congratulated Sprint on making a solid recovery in the RootMetrics report. He also mentioned that Sprint and T-Mobile has been rebuilding and strengthening despite struggling times. Customers have noticed the improvements in Sprint and has made it ahead of T-Mobile. Sprint was in the third position with scores between 70 and 90 while T-Mobile had a score of 85.4.
AT&T has significantly gained and retained its position as the top wireless carriers in the US due to the huge investments in spectrum. In the recent spectrum, AT&T has invested about $13.3 billion out of the total $44.9 billion. Dish Network invested about $12 billion, coming next to AT&T. Verizon and T-Mobile invested less than $5 billion and T-Mobile did not participate in the auction.
According to the report, all the four leading carriers showed significant improvement when compared with the first half of 2014. All the carriers were performing well in either one of the categories in the wireless market. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to hold a major auction of airwaves, where all the four leading carriers are likely to spend big to fuel their growth in the market. However, the new Net Neutrality rules by the commission might hinder the possible investments.[ Source ][ Via ]