Verizon, T-Mobile Get High Marks for Airport Mobile Coverage
When it came to the RootScore awards across all 50 airports, Verizon came out on top with 25 awards, followed by T-Mobile with 16.Travelers in the Atlanta airport are likely to have a better mobile service experience than those in Los Angeles’ airport, according to a report from RootMetrics. The company’s mobile performance rankings of the 50 busiest airports in the U.S. place Southwest Florida International at the top, followed by Sacramento International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, Dallas Love Field, and Logan International. When it came to the RootScore awards across all 50 airports, Verizon came out on top with 25 awards, followed by T-Mobile with 16, AT&T in a close third with 15, and Sprint placing fourth with three. "As you know, airports are typically busy environments. Large influxes of travelers can put stress on mobile networks, impacting reliability, data speeds, and overall performance," Annette Hamilton, a RootMetrics director, told eWEEK. "In addition, an airport’s mobile infrastructure and even building materials can affect how well a mobile network performs. For example, consider Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – the second busiest airport in the country."
Hamilton said LAX ranked 48 out of 50 when it came to mobile performance, explaining data speeds at LAX were very low compared to other airports in the country, with a top median download speed of just 2.7 Mbps, on Verizon.