AT&T Tops Verizon in 4G LTE Speed Tests
AT&T offers the fastest pure LTE speeds, outpacing Verizon for both download and upload, according to a report.Wireless network operator AT&T's 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network speed was clocked at 18.6 megabits per second, offering the fastest pure LTE download speed of any carrier and outpacing Verizon's mark of 14.3M bps for LTE-only downloads, according to a report by Root Metrics. Across its LTE markets, AT&T averaged a maximum download speed of 57.7M bps and a maximum upload speed of 19.6M bps, according to Root Metrics, which based its study on more than 725,000 data samples gathered while visiting the top 77 U.S. markets in the second half of 2012. Verizon recorded a speedy 14.3M bps for LTE-only download, complemented by a fast 8.5M bps for LTE-only upload. In their maximum speed tests, Verizon averaged 49.3M bps for maximum download speeds and an "extremely fast" 19.7M bps average for maximum upload speed. "Verizon's advantage in being the first major carrier to market with LTE clearly shows when comparing the size of LTE footprints," the report said. "At 93.2 percent, we had a better than nine out of 10 chance of accessing their LTE service. If the likelihood of connecting to an LTE network is your primary concern, Verizon continues to be the leader at this point."
Sprint's LTE speeds lag those of AT&T and Verizon, averaging 10.3M bps for LTE download and 4.4M bps for LTE upload, but the report noted those speeds are faster than what Sprint publicly claimed they would be. However, Sprint's LTE coverage remains limited, both at a national level and within markets that are LTE-enabled.