Connectivity can lead to innovation, economic growth, and a better quality of life for residents, particularly in the emerging smart cities.
Based on the most recent quarter of Ookla’s Speedtest Intelligence data, in terms of fixed broadband speeds, there’s a large disparity between the slowest cities and the fastest cities, with Frisco, Texas clocking in the fastest median download speed of 260.31 Mbps and the median download speed for the five lowest ranking cities hovers around the 100 Mbps mark.
Kansas City is among the leading cities with high median mobile download speeds (139.90 Mbps). Notably, it also provide great 5G speeds, with median download speeds as fast as 224.57 Mbps.
Plano also has good mobile connectivity performance, with a median download speed of 137.92 Mbps, and one of the lowest latency for fixed network with a median multi-server latency at 14ms.
On the other hand, Lexington has one of the slowest mobile performance, with a recorded median speed of 54.47 Mbps, and a high mobile latency at 79ms. El Paso showed both high numbers for fixed network latency (54ms) and mobile latency (89ms).
Saint Paul is also leading the way in mobile connectivity with a median download speed of 153.57 Mbps and a 5G median download speed of 215.36 Mbps.
Scottsdale, Plano and Columbus are also leading the way in mobile connectivity while Lubbock, Lincoln, Reno, and Laredo have only recorded speeds at around the 50 Mbps mark.
Additionally, Albuquerque, Anchorage, and Honolulu had the highest mobile latency, with median multi-server latency nearly at the 100ms mark.
Smart cities are expected to be significantly impacted by 5G. Top ranking cities Minneapolis, Chicago, and Omaha are already providing great 5G speeds.
Interestingly, for 72.50% of the time, Oklahoma City users are connected to 5G connectivity.