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Bryan M. Wolfe
| April 18, 2012
Who Has The Speedier 4G/LTE Network, AT&T or Verizon Wireless?
In March, Apple unveiled the new iPad, the first iDevice that connected to a 4G/LTE network. With the next generation iPhone expected to arrive sometime this year (a handset that will almost certainly also offer 4G capabilities), it’s important to know which of the top U.S. carriers provides the best 4G experience. Unfortunately, finding this out isn’t always easy, as a new report by All Things Digital suggests. In the U.S., the two largest wireless providers, AT&T and Verizon Wireless, are constantly telling us their 4G/LTE network is fastest. Who’s telling the truth? That depends on who’s doing the testing.
Both say they are the bestRecently, AT&T began pushing a new PCWorld study that says its LTE network is vastly superior to the one being offered from Verizon. Says PCWorld senior editor Mark Sullivan:
“In our tests, AT&T’s new LTE network pumped out the fastest speeds of any 4G provider.”[caption id="attachment_292645" align="aligncenter" width="535" caption="AT&T Coverage Map"][/caption] Verizon Wireless, for their part, is pointing to a RootMetrics study that concludes their network is the best performing in “real-world” tests. According to RootMetrics president Bill Moore:
“AT&T’s LTE might be faster, but our overall experience with AT&T was still slower than what we found with Verizon.”[caption id="attachment_292646" align="aligncenter" width="690" caption="Verizon's Coverage Map"][/caption] Sprint, meanwhile, is launching their own LTE network very soon. By contrast, T-Mobile is aiming to launch an LTE network in 2013.