A series of tests conducted by Metrico Wireless showed that AT&T’s 4G LTE service is faster than Verizon Wireless’. To be exact, the tests showed a 30% speed improvement on Ma Bell. When compared, AT&T’s network averaged a download speed of 13,775Kbps, while Big Red averaged 10,153Kbps. But is that the whole story?
According to Metrico Wireless,
Data performance of the AT&T and Verizon networks, as measured by stationary HTTP download and upload speeds, was comparable. All devices under test achieved a mean stationary data download speed exceeding 10 Mbps, and maximum download speeds above 30 Mbps were observed on both carrier’s networks. Although AT&T’s results are higher than those of Verizon, the longer time in market of Verizon’s offering likely means its network is also more loaded with subscribers.
Now some argue that Verizon’s LTE network is actually maintaining its’ initial LTE launch speeds, and that additional subscribers aren’t actually causing the network to slow down, which is primarily due to the ability of LTE to handle heavier loads. This would mean that AT&T’s network is just faster, and would actually maintain the same speed as these early tests indicate. However, others will say that millions of users versus 1 or 2 (maybe 3) actually do make a difference. To both of those points, we can’t be sure. However, does it really matter? Both are amazingly fast, and telling the difference may be harder than you think.
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