CONNECTIVITY ON INTERSTATES – P3 REPORT ABOUT CELLULAR NETWORK COVERAGE
INTERSTATE COMPARISON REPORT
The United States’ Interstate Highway System, also called the greatest public works project in history, has touched virtually every aspect of American life in the past more than 50 years. The Interstate Highway System today connects states, metropolitan areas, cities, industries and, at the very end, people with over 48,191 miles of roads across the United States. It is the backbone for economy and private live. However, in the same way as the Interstate Highway System transformed business in
THE 4G WHITE SPOT CHALLENGE
Though 5G is on the horizon, 4G/LTE is the technology of today. Carriers have heavily invested in this technology. Both speed and latency have significantly improved compared to previous mobile data technologies. And, effectively, apart from some background services, there is no data application that does not benefit from 4G/LTE. Nowadays, 4G/LTE coverage should be the regular standard one could expect taking into account the rapid uprise of 5G. However, there is still a huge difference in the degree to what the main US carriers cover the Interstates with 4G/LTE technology.
provides nearly full 4G/LTE coverage on the whole Interstate System (blue: 4G/LTE, light blue: some 4G/LTE, red: no 4G/LTE)
This is where the wheat is separated from the chaff. The long East-West connections, like I-70, I-80 or I-90 make the difference. While driving through the less populated states like Missouri, Kansas, Colorado or Utah, coverage is even more essential to stay connected. Here, only Verizon covers these routes properly with 4G/LTE. AT&T and T-Mobile still show long distances with effectively no LTE on the I-80. However, that does not mean that
In Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and Nevada, Verizon covers nearly every Interstate mile with 4G/LTE. Whether doing business in Los Angeles or the Silicon Valley, visiting national parks or hot spots like Las Vegas or Seattle, one can rely on Verizon and T-Mobile with only very few weakly covered route sections. With AT&T, consumers