Verizon’s Performance in the New York City Metro Area Outpaces Speeds Seen in Boston, Los Angeles and Washington DC, IHS Markit Report Shows

Manhattan offers the fastest network performance when comparing the
boroughs, while Brooklyn and the Bronx record lower speed measurements

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New York City residents and commuters are accustomed to fast-paced
lifestyles and expect their mobile carriers to provide top-notch
performance for all of their daily connected activities. New findings
from RootMetrics
by IHS Markit, the standard for mobile performance benchmarking, reveal
that Verizon dominated testing in New
York City and the Tri-State Area
, sweeping the mobile performance
awards for the sixth testing period in a row.

In addition to sweeping the awards, Verizon also recorded the fastest
data speeds in New York City and the Tri-State Area, with a
blistering-fast median download speed of 62.1 Mbps and a median upload
speed of 20.8 Mbps. Verizon’s lightning-fast median download speed
outpaced the fastest speeds recorded in other east coast hubs like
Washington D.C. (where AT&T recorded the fastest median download speed
at 57.6 Mbps) and Boston (where AT&T recorded the fastest median
download speed at 48.8 Mbps). Verizon’s New York metro area download
speed was also markedly faster than the fastest median download speed
found in west coast rival Los Angeles, where AT&T led the way at 36.5

Comparing Data Speeds in New York City’s Boroughs

In addition to providing individual carrier highlights during this
testing period, RootMetrics also aggregated results from all four
networks to provide a comparative look at performance across the
boroughs. Although each borough performed well, aggregate data reveals
that Manhattan offered the best data speed in the city, with a median
download speed of 50.4 Mbps when results were averaged across all four

Meanwhile, Manhattan’s close neighbors, Brooklyn and the Bronx, recorded
the slowest median download speeds at 36.6 Mbps and 35.7 Mbps,

A breakdown of median download speed measurements in New York City’s
boroughs ranks as follows:

1. Manhattan: 50.4 Mbps
2. Staten Island: 45.3 Mbps
3. Queens: 43.5 Mbps
4. Brooklyn: 36.6 Mbps
5. The Bronx: 35.7 Mbps

“No matter where they are or what they’re doing, New Yorkers demand a
strong mobile network to support their hyperconnected lives,” said
Francis Sideco, vice president, technology at IHS Markit. “Verizon again
outpaced the other carriers in the Big Apple in this round of testing.
However, we also wanted to show how geographical location plays a role
in mobile performance. For New Yorkers, it’s important to know that data
speeds can change when moving across different neighborhoods. The good
news is that while Manhattan stood out, we found solid performance
across all of the boroughs.”

The data performance category reflects how well networks perform at
downloading and uploading data and downloading files that approximate
loading typical webpages or apps.

Comprehensive Testing

To evaluate the mobile experience in New York City and Tri-State Area,
RootMetrics conducted tests across all hours of the day and night using
smartphones purchased off the shelf at carrier stores. Tests were
conducted from April 16 through 29, at 297 indoor locations and while
driving 6,144 miles. For details about RootMetrics testing, see the
methodology section
of the RootMetrics website.

A Holistic Look at 5G

As network operators across the globe race to deploy 5G, IHS Markit has
launched “5G
First Look
,” a new service that provides insight into the world
of 5G and how 5G networks perform from the consumer’s perspective. It
includes 5G readiness benchmarks, 5G smartphone teardown analysis and
first look results from 5G network performance testing in South Korea,
the United States, Switzerland and the United Kingdom—with more
countries and regions added as 5G networks are launched across the globe.

About RootMetrics by IHS Markit (

RootMetrics by IHS Markit is mobile analytics that measure mobile
network performance and offers 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.

About IHS Markit (

IHS Markit (Nasdaq: INFO) is a world leader in 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. IHS Markit has
more than 50,000 business and government customers, including 80 percent
of the Fortune Global 500 and the world’s leading financial institutions.

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