AT&T topped Verizon as fastest for text, data and voice speed in the Columbus market, in a report compiled recently by RootMetrics, an independent mobile measurement company,.

Jul 1, 2013

AT&T remains the speed-of-service leader in central Ohio among major telecommunications providers, a new report shows.

AT&T topped Verizon as fastest for text, data and voice speed in the Columbus market, in a report compiled recently by RootMetrics, an independent mobile measurement company.

This is the fourth report that RootMetrics has done on the Columbus market, in which it conducts thousands of call, text and data tests around the area and compares the performance among the top four mobile carriers - AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.

In the first two reports, Verizon was the overall winner. AT&T won the third.

This year, AT&T won in the data performance, text performance and overall categories. In another category, plain old voice calling, the study ranked AT&T and Verizon as tied.

The term 4G LTE, for fourth-generation long-term evolution, refers to the latest generation of wireless technology that is faster and more reliable than previous technologies.

AT&T officially turned on its 4G LTE network locally in November. Verizon began rolling out its 4G LTE network in Columbus and other parts of Ohio in December 2010.

In several categories, all four carriers showed strong performance. There were few call failures for any of the carriers, for instance, and texting speed and performance was similarly close.

In Web and app downloading, however, Sprint and T-Mobile were somewhat slower than AT&T and Verizon.