AT&T May Offer Faster 4G LTE Speeds Than Verizon

News | Sunday May 15 2011 3:53 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , ,

GigaOM’s Stacey Higginbotham got a chance to take a tour of AT&T’s Foundry space in Plano, Texas, which is also home to AT&T’s trial 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.
, it was interesting to get an idea of what kind of download and upload speeds to expect.
The speeds provided on the download side were about 28.87 Mbps, and were about 10.4 Mbps on the upload side. This compared to speeds of 3.77 on the download side and 1.21 Mbps on the upload for an iPhone capable of maxing out on AT&T’s 7.2 Mbps HSPA network. So it’s fast, but sharing those speeds with others on a cell tower will bring them down. For comparison, Verizon has promised customers speeds of 5-12 Mbps on the download side and speeds of up 5 Mbps on the upload side. [..]
[..] When I commented that this was the first LTE demo where folks didn’t try to max out the standard and show off 150 Mbps-download connections, he replied that this is because AT&T wanted to model real-world situations for the people coming into the Foundry space.
As Higginbotham has mentioned, it might be too premature to say that AT&T will offer faster 4G LTE speeds than Verizon as AT&T’s was still a demo it does look quite promising as they’re trying to model read-world situations.
Back in January, AT&T CEO De la Vega revealed that
, which will start this year and will be completed by 2013. Meanwhile, Verizon started rolling out its 4G LTE network in 2010 and should be available nationwide by the end of 2013.
It looks like Apple is more likely to launch a 4G LTE iPhone next year so depending on where AT&T and Verizon have completed the roll out of their 4G LTE network, iPhone users should be able to start taking advantage of it. We can’t wait to see
that take advantage of the faster 4G network.
Are you looking forward to faster download speeds or are you hoping that AT&T works on making their network more reliable? Let us know in the comments.

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