Sprint network in Indianapolis
In the previous part of this series, we learned that based on RootMetrics’ 1H15 metro results, Sprint’s (S) overall network performance improved in the Indianapolis market. In this part of the series, we’ll look at the wireless carrier’s 1H15 performance in terms of reliability and call and text performance in that market.
According to Sprint’s press release, “Sprint also tied for #1 in reliability, call and text performance, with zero blocked calls during testing.” This is based on RootMetrics 1H15 results for the Indianapolis metro market.
Reliability of wireless networks in Indianapolis in 1H15
Based on RootMetrics’ 1H15 Indianapolis results, Sprint shared the top spot in network reliability with Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T). In 2H14, Verizon had the top spot in this metric for Indianapolis. Sprint, T-Mobile (TMUS), and AT&T shared second place in network reliability in 2H14.
In 1H15, T-Mobile’s relative performance in this metric declined. The wireless carrier claimed the bottom spot among the four largest US wireless carriers for the Indianapolis market.
Call and text performance of wireless networks in Indianapolis in 1H15
Sprint maintained its top rank in both call and text performance metrics in the Indianapolis market in 1H15. It shared that top spot in call performance with Verizon and AT&T. In 2H14, Sprint shared first place with Verizon and T-Mobile in call performance.
Sprint shared top rank in text performance with AT&T in 1H15. In 2H14, Sprint held the top position alone.
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