The Best US Cities for Mobile Work

Does your city help you work on the go? New mobile communication technology empowers your workforce to work effectively off of mobile devices and access corporate data out of the office. But your employees' ability to work on the go also depends on the mobile infrastructure around them. In this post, we look at the top US cities for enterprise mobility, specifically considering three measures: wifi hotspots, 4G/LTE network, and mobile charging access. We believe these are essential aspects of mobile infrastructure that facilitate mobile work. How does your city measure up?

1. San Francisco

Housing a vibrant and booming technology sector and many research institutions, San Francisco has the 6th highest wifi hotspots per capita in all US cities. The major players in the city’s LTE networks – AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint, all provide among the highest speed connections nationwide, making the tech hub in the West Coast the top city for mobile workers.

2. Seattle

With the 3rd highest concentration of hotspots per capita, the city that houses Amazon, Microsoft, and Boeing among other high-tech companies provides broad connectivity to its people. The major players in the city’s LTE network, AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, all provide some of the highest speed connections nationwide, averaging a score of 84 out of 100. The city's high hotspot per capita rate - 5395 persons per hotspot - makes it one of the best cities for working on the go.

3. Atlanta

As the communications hub for the Southeast, the Big Peach hosts the regional headquarters of many Fortune 500 companies and a growing community of tech start-ups. Ranked by Forbes among the top two most wired cities from 2008 to 2010, respectively, Atlanta has the 3rd fastest mobile networks in 2014.

4. New York City


New York City prides herself on offering broader connectivity to residents who religiously prioritize “getting things done”, evidenced by the increased wifi availability in NYC subway stops. Although Verizon’s LTE network in the city almost crumbled in 2013, what helped boost NYC’s overall ranking for enterprise mobility was its solar-powered charging stations, distributed around Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn’s DUMBO. A project initiated by AT&T in 2013 in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the thin towers topped with solar panels have become a life-saver for many New Yorkers who constantly feel the itch to stay connected.

5. Washington, D.C.

With tens of thousands of workers and millions of tourists flocking to the capital, Washington, D.C. now supports more than 1,000 wifi hotspots. While Sprint is lagging in the LTE network race, all other carriers – AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon – provide one of the highest speed LTE networks in the country.

6. Orlando, FL

The city known for being an event and conference venue understands the importance of providing greater wifi availability.  With its concentration of hotspots per capita ranking 10th in the country, people there also enjoy the 4th fastest LTE networks.

As enterprises continue to unleash their mobile workers, the pressure is on for cities to provide better connectivity and high-speed networks to stay attractive to businesses. We look forward to seeing this list changing over the coming years!

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