Overall network performance
In the last part of this series, we learned that Sprint’s (S) 1H15 network performance in the Jacksonville market improved for network reliability and call and text performance. Sprint disclosed this in its press release dated April 22, 2015. Now, we’ll learn about the overall performance of the four largest national carriers’ networks—Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS), and Sprint—in the Jacksonville market in 1H15.
Although Sprint’s network reliability rankings improved in the metro market in 1H15, the carrier’s overall network performance spot remained last among the four largest US wireless telecom companies.
T-Mobile moved to the second spot in this category for the Jacksonville market in 1H15. It shared this position with AT&T. It held third place in this category for the metro market in 2H14. AT&T’s rank dropped in 1H15. Verizon retained the category’s top spot for the market in 1H15.
Network speed performance
Verizon and T-Mobile retained their second and first spots, respectively, in the network speed performance category in the Jacksonville market in 1H15.
According to RootMetrics, T-Mobile had the highest median network speeds—both download and upload—in the market during the period.
However, in the data performance metric for the market, Verizon and T-Mobile held the first and second spots, respectively, in 1H15.
T-Mobile didn’t share its second spot in the category with AT&T for the Jacksonville market in 1H15. AT&T’s rank in this category for the market slipped to third during the period.
Instead of investing directly in the stock, you can get diversified exposure to Verizon by investing in the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLK). XLK held ~5% in the telecom company on March 31, 2015.
You can get more diversified exposure to Verizon by investing in the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV). IVV held ~1.1% in the company on March 31.