In our regional analysis, we examined four of our primary metrics in 57 different cities in the U.S. We found that those metro-level results were largely in line with our national results. Verizon won most of our city-level 4G Availability and Upload Speed Experience awards, while AT&T took the lion's share of Latency Experience awards. In Download Speed Experience we saw a much closer contest, not just between T-Mobile and Verizon, but AT&T as well. Verizon was the undisputed winner in Download Speed Experience in 13 cities, while T-Mobile and AT&T were ahead in eight cities and six cities respectively.
Winners aside, the individual results in many cities were impressive. In most markets, all four operators had 4G Availability scores over 90%, and in several cities, individual operators pushed the availability boundaries beyond 95%, showing just how high the level of LTE access in urban areas has become. The highest individual 4G Availability we measured was in one of the smallest markets in our analysis — Wichita, Kan. — where Verizon had an astounding score of 97.9%.
In our regional speed analysis, we caught glimpses of the future potential of 4G networks in the U.S. In 13 cities, one or more operators had Download Speed Experience scores over 30 Mbps. Verizon had the most 30-Mbps cities at eight, while T-Mobile met that milestone in four markets and AT&T in two. Crossing the 10-Mbps barrier in Upload Speed Experience proved to be a bit more difficult. Only Verizon managed that feat and only in seven cities. The fastest individual Download Speed Experience score we measured was on T-Mobile's network in Grand Rapids, Mich., at 38.3 Mbps. Meanwhile, the fastest Upload Speed Experience we recorded was on Verizon's network in New York City at 12.5 Mbps.
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