Early Verizon LTE Tests Show Impressive Data Speed
By now you've heard that the 4G networks touted by networks aren't actually 4G, but that doesn't mean they're not fast. Verizon will be launching its own version of 4G, called LTE, this Sunday, and early tests show it's significantly faster than what you've seen on 3G.
Several news organizations have been granted early access to the Verizon LTE data network, and they have done independent tests to see just how fast LTE is. The results are pretty impressive, with download speeds anywhere from 7 to 32 megabits per second. Upload speeds ranged from 1 to nearly 12 megabits per second.
While the results seem to vary widely, they are also instructive because they give a look at the nationwide LTE network. MSNBC's results (32Mbps down, 12Mbps up) were taken in Seattle, Slashgear (12Mbps down, 6Mbps up) in Arizona, GigaOM (11Mbps down, 5Mbps up) in Philadelphia, NetworkWorld (7Mbps down, 6Mbps up) in Boston and Engadget (7Mbps down, 1Mbps up) and Gizmodo (9Mbps down, 2Mbps up) in difference parts of New York City.
While the incredible MSNBC numbers seem to be out of the normal, several testers reported that the lower speed were only with two bars of signal connection strength, so in different parts of the same area with a better connection could result in similar numbers to MSNBC.
It will be interesting to see just how the network is able to cope with normal traffic loads when it officially launches in 38 markets this Sunday , but for now it looks like Verizon LTE is truly the fastest thing around .