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Sprint’s Network Performance in Metro Markets in 1H15

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Metro market performance

Previously in this series, we looked at Sprint Corporations’s (S) national network performance in the RootMetrics Mobile Network Performance in the US report for 1H15.

Now we’ll see how the wireless carrier performed with respect to Verizon Communications (VZ), AT&T (T), and T-Mobile (TMUS) in the metro markets in the same report.

John Saw, Sprint’s Chief Technology Officer, recently highlighted Sprint’s performance, citing a finding in the RootMetrics report. “Sprint achieved a total of 180 first place (outright or shared) RootScore awards,” he said, “for overall, reliability, speed, data, call, or text network performance in metro markets measured in the first half of 2015, compared to only 27 awards in the year-ago period.”

As we can see in the above chart, these 1H15 awards were also significantly higher than Sprint’s scores in 2H14.

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Key winning categories in metro markets

Based on the same RootMetrics report, most of the awards that Sprint won or shared in metro markets were in the calls and text performance categories. Sprint came in first place in call performance in 61 metro markets, and in text performance it came in first place in 77 metro markets. It won network reliability awards in 30 metro markets and network speed awards in 4 metro markets.

According to the report, Sprint’s network performance shared first place in 1H15 in 7 metro markets, but it shared the top spot in the data performance metric only in Dayton, Ohio.

You may take a diversified exposure to Sprint by investing in the iShares Russell 3000 ETF (IWV), which held ~0.01% in the wireless telecom company on July 31, 2015. Alternatively, you may consider investing in the iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF (IWD), which held ~0.02% in Sprint at the end of July.

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