Thanks Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. You’ve given Kansas City the most reliable and the second fastest wireless service in America.
So says RootMetrics, after testing wireless experiences in six categories across 125 metropolitan markets.
Kansas City topped the list as enjoying the most reliable service and the top data performance. Our network speeds were second and our call performance fourth best nationally.
OK, so we landed 14th for texting, but who does that anymore, lol.
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Still, the rankings were good enough to put Kansas City No. 2 overall in the nation. Lansing, Mich., claimed top honors for both of RootMetrics’ rankings for 2017.
Kansas City surged to the second spot in the rankings for the second half of the year. We had an also-ran ranking in the first half of 2017, falling somewhere between 21st and 102nd in the six categories, according to RootMetrics.
How’d we (the wireless companies) do it?
“Each carrier in Kansas City recorded faster median download speeds in this test period, and all four carriers delivered better blocked call reliability rates,” RootMetrics said.
That takes money, and Kansas City is seeing its share from the four national carriers.
“We’re excited to see that our hometown is one of the best performing markets in the country, offering businesses and consumers in Kansas City a top-notch network experience,” Sprint spokeswoman Adrienne Norton said in an email.
Norton said Sprint’s service continues to see investments from the company. A new nationwide push this year is called Sprint’s Next-Gen Network.
Here in town, consumers will see some differences among the carriers.
AT&T tied with Verizon for the top overall performance in the Kansas City market in RootMetrics’ latest tests and the ones behind the No. 2 ranking for the market.
This was the sixth time in a row that RootMetrics crowned a different KC winner in its twice-yearly rankings. And each of the four carriers have been in that winner circle, at least in a tie, at some point during that stretch.
Nationally, RootMetrics ranked Verizon’s network best overall in the second half of 2017, ahead of AT&T, which it called a strong second.