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AT&T Has Faster LTE, But Verizon Has More LTE Coverage Says Latest Report

March 11, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

The two largest LTE networks in the US right now are Verizon and AT&T. Sprint has a very small network, with T-Mobile getting ready to launch their first couple of LTE markets any day now. There is a new report out from Root Metrics, that shows us the differences between AT&T and Verizon’s LTE networks. AT&T wins the speed test with 18.6mbps download and 9mbps upload. With Verizon scoring 14.3mbps download and 8.5mbps upload.

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Verizon did beat AT&T in their LTE coverage. RootMetrics tested both networks in 77 different markets. Of those 77, Verizon had LTE in every single one of them. While AT&T only had LTE coverage in about 47 of those 77 markets. The maps below show RootMetric’s data for their reports. AT&T did quickly state that they have added many more markets/cities since Root did their tests, which were at different times in the second half of 2012. There were 30 cities where Root did not find AT&T LTE connectivity, and since the testing, AT&T has added LTE to 26 of those 30 markets.

On another note, RootMetrics did also measure Sprint’s LTE which came in at 10.3mbps download and 4.4mbps upload, along with T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network which tested at 7.3mbps download and 1.5mbps upload. Which is great to see that T-Mobile’s backhaul for their upcoming LTE market is still quite fast, and should get a bit faster once more people hop onto their LTE network. Sprint’s speed was lower because they are using half the spectrum for LTE that AT&T and Verizon are tapping for their rollouts. Which kinda sucks that Sprint was so late to the LTE game.

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So which carrier do you have? And do you use LTE? Can you agree with the findings that RootMetrics had here? Let us know in the comments below.