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Verizon edges out AT&T in latest test of wireless networks here

Verizon Wireless edged out AT&T for the top spot in the latest independent performance test of the companies’ wireless networks in the Buffalo Niagara region.

That’s the latest finding from RootMetrics, a Bellevue, Wash., company that tests how well the networks of the major wireless providers carry phone calls and text messages and upload and download data.

RootMetrics testers returned to Buffalo Niagara earlier this month for the seventh time since 2011 for the latest performance review. Verizon won the Overall RootScore Award, with a score of 98.2, and also won the individual categories of reliability and call performance. AT&T, with an overall score of 96.8, won the speed index and tied with Verizon for best data performance.

T-Mobile, with a 94.3 overall score, and Sprint, with a 91.9 overall score, finished in a four-way tie with Verizon and AT&T in the texting category.

The RootMetrics team conducted 18,760 tests between Oct. 3 and Oct. 8 here at 23 indoor locations and at various points along the nearly 900 miles they drove between the sites.

In RootMetrics’ last round of local testing, earlier this year, AT&T and Verizon finished in a statistical tie for top honors.