Earlier today a report was released by RootMetrics that showed AT&T’s 4G LTE network offered the fastest overall download/upload speeds when compared to other LTE carriers. Within the tests the managed to average 18.6Mbps downstream, 9Mbps upstream, and reached a maximum speed of 57.7Mbps across the 149 markets that offer AT&T LTE service. For comparison Verizon’s LTE network delivered average speeds of 14.3Mbps downstream, 8.5Mbps upstream and reached a maximum speed of 49.3Mbps across 470 active LTE markets.
So, the tests show that AT&T has a slightly faster overall network, but highlight the fact that Verizon offers 3.1x the LTE coverage that AT&T does. If you’re not in an LTE area on AT&T you’ll either drop down to 4G HSPA+ or 3G, which is significantly slower than either carriers 4G LTE network. Sprint was also tested in their 77 markets where 4G LTE is available and they fell to the bottom of the pack averaging 10.3Mbps downstream, 4.4Mbps upstream and a maximum throughput of 32.7Mbps.
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