4G LTE: AT&T Wins on Speed, Verizon on Size

AT&T Inc's 4G LTE network wins on speed but Verizon Wireless still dwarfs all others on size, according to the latest report from RootMetrics The researchers have just put out an LTE Performance Review for 2012 that gives AT&T the crown for the fastest networks using the latest wireless broadband technology. AT&T clocked an average of 18.6 Mbit/s downloads for its LTE networks with a maximum speed of 57.7 Mbit/s. The operator currently has 149 live LTE markets. Verizon Wireless is getting 14.3 Mbit/s average download on its LTE network, with a top speed of 49.3 Mbit/s. The operator currently has over 470 active LTE markets. RootMetrics describes 2012 as a foundation year for Sprint Nextel Inc.'s initial LTE deployments. The operator is getting an average of 10.3 Mbit/s download on its LTE network with a maximum of 32.7 Mbit/s recorded. The operator currently has 67 LTE markets live. T-Mobile USA is due to launch its first LTE markets this year. "Although T-Mobile didn’t offer LTE in 2012, their HSPA+42 network turned in impressive download speeds," RootMetrics noted, with an average download of 7.7 Mbit/s. The uploads, however, suffer because of the 3G-derived nature of T-Mobile's network. Why this matters
With users uploading and downloading gobs more data on their smartphones, laptops and tablets, a fast, large, and reliable 4G network is starting to become a table stake for operators in the U.S. And as 4G LTE is the bedrock for many of the services planned by U.S. operators this year, so performance details are useful. Obviously, averages don't give the full picture, as higher performing networks in some markets can drive up the overall average figure. So let us know how your operator is doing with LTE in your city/town. For more — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

DanJones 3/11/2013 | 11:34:22 PM
re: 4G LTE: AT&T Wins on Speed, Verizon on Size Yessir, maybe upgrades happen with LTE-Advanced? Maybe...

chuckj 3/11/2013 | 9:43:53 PM
re: 4G LTE: AT&T Wins on Speed, Verizon on Size It is more interesting to know how the speed changes from one device doing the speed test to two devices to 4 devices doing the speed test simultaneously. -áThis shows whether they upgraded the base station or just changed the software to support LTE. -á I suspect that every base station in ATT and Verizon network needs new DSPs.
DanJones 3/11/2013 | 9:01:38 PM
re: 4G LTE: AT&T Wins on Speed, Verizon on Size Both v. similar at the moment yeah. 10x2MHz channels on 700MHz. AT&T is supposed to be considering LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation with 700+AWS for the end of the year.

So yeah, I would guess differences are in numbers on network and deployment. AT&T might have a mild tech advantage having started a bit later, more integrated antennas and stuff like that.
bogdanovici 3/11/2013 | 8:44:43 PM
re: 4G LTE: AT&T Wins on Speed, Verizon on Size Needless to say speeds measured primarily depend on spectrum availability. Assuming they both have same amount of spectrum (and no other bottlenecks such as backhaul), I believe Verizon is at disadvantage as they likely have more users on their LTE network.-á
DanJones 3/11/2013 | 8:33:26 PM
re: 4G LTE: AT&T Wins on Speed, Verizon on Size That's a big number for AT&T. I wonder what their least well performing LTE network tops out at though?
DanJones 3/11/2013 | 3:01:20 PM
re: 4G LTE: AT&T Wins on Speed, Verizon on Size RootMetrics also noted that T-Mobile's overall network speeds could be impressive with the combo of LTE and HSPA+ 42 this year. Once they actually *launch* an LTE market or two that is.
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