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Just how bad is Denver's cellphone service?

Denver is rock-bottom for mobile speed


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Denver has a lot to offer, but cell-phone performance is not on the list. Results of the latest RootMetrics report, released Aug. 1, put Denver at the bottom of the 125 most-populated U.S. markets for mobile speed. (Colorado Springs didn’t fare much better in the speed category, coming in at No. 121.)

“All four carriers recorded median download speeds below 10.0 Mbps in Denver, and median upload speeds were even slower,” the report said, referring to Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T Mobile.

In addition to ranking dead last in speed, the Mile High City ranked just one spot from the bottom – 124th – in data performance. 

RootMetrics’ assessment of Denver took place from Feb. 11-18 and consisted of 20,419 tests of mobile network reliability, data speeds and data, voice and text performance. The dismal showing should come as no surprise.

One resident of Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood, an AT&T customer, frustrated about having to walk down the street or drive several blocks to use his phone, likened his plight to that of Oliver Douglas, the character in the 1960s sitcom “Green Acres” who had to climb a telephone pole to make or take a call.

RootMetrics is a provider of mobile-performance insights. Read the full story on ”Best and Worst Cities for Mobile Network Performance” at RootMetrics.com.

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Gigi Sukin

Gigi Sukin is digital editor at ColoradoBiz. She can be reached at gsukin@cobizmag.com.

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