AT&T LTE Beats Verizon LTE in Speed Tests
September 20, 2011 10:20 AM
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Tests show AT&T's Momentum 4G LTE modem consistently beating Verizon's LTE offerings in data speeds, in Texas at least.
Of course, AT&T has "home court" advantage in the "Lone Star State".
(Source: Federal Highway Administration)
Verizon's LTE coverage (bottom, yellow dots) is much broader geographically than AT&T's 4G coverage (orange dots, top), which is only available in five cities.
(Source: AT&T, Verizon)
However, there's a major catch when it comes to AT&T's win
AT&T Inc.'s (
new LTE network
out for a spin. They decided to take the company's LTE network for a spin in Houston, Texas to test it speeds. Comparing the AT&T 4G to Verizon Communications Inc.'s (
) own 4G offerings, they found that AT&T handily won.
AT&T's 3G network already has showed itself to be the nation's fastest data network, being nearly three times faster than Verizon in some tests.
The AT&T 4G network is similarly impressive. It hit peak download speed of 42.85 Mbps (on the Momentum 4G modem) and an average download speed of 24.65 Mbps, while the Verizon network only mustered a peak of 23.81 Mbps (with the UML290 modem) and an average of 16.70 Mbps. Uploads showed an even broader gap, with 11.44 Mbps for the AT&T modem versus 4.01 Mbps for the Verizon modem.
In short, AT&T was about 50 percent faster in downloads, and almost three times as fast in uploads.
But there's a catch and it's a rather big one -- AT&T's LTE coverage is reportedly the strongest in Texas, as it is home to Southwestern Bell (headquartered in Dallas), the core company that grew into AT&T via two decades of acquisitions and mergers. So consider these results the best case scenario of sorts.
Following the trend from Texas, coverage in Atlanta, Georgia, home of BellSouth -- another Baby Bell -- is reportedly quite strong. Other headquarters of former Baby Bells turned AT&T acquisitions aren't faring quite so well. Chicago's coverage is reportedly significantly slower than Texas's. AT&T blames this on lack of available spectrum. It says that in Chicago it's using paired 5 MHz blocks of spectrum, versus Verizon, which is using paired 10 MHz blocks of spectrum.
Another general issue with AT&T's network is general lack of coverage. AT&T's 4G covers 70 million people, while Verizon's covers 160 million -- approximately half of the nation.
Sprint Nextel Corp. (
) currently covers 120 million Americans with 4G, but its WiMax network is reportedly
much slower than Verizon's LTE
. T-Mobile covers 200 million Americans with its HSPA+ 4.2 network which is reportedly
slightly speedier than Sprint
, but still slower than LTE.
AT&T cites these problems as justifications for its proposed merger with
Deutsche Telekom AG's (
) T-Mobile USA
, which is currently being blocked by a U.S. Department of Justice
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9/20/2011 11:51:54 AM
Blow Sprint away. I'm so angry and fed up with Sprints crappy data network that I'm probably going to have to return my Galaxy S II. I live 5 miles from a major metropolitan area and get NO 4G coverage! Screw that mess.
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