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AT&T and Verizon LTE Networks Compared 116

adeelarshad82 writes "AT&T launched a speedy 4G LTE network in five cities on Sunday, and the question that comes to mind is how it compares to Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE system. Well, according to the eight rounds of testing conducted in Houston, Texas, Verizon may have something to worry about. Downloads over the AT&T network averaged about 24Mbps and peaked at 42.85Mbps, the fastest cellular connection seen to date. Just as interesting as the sheer download speeds were the connection quality results: generally rated the network an A or a B, good enough for video chat or gaming."
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AT&T and Verizon LTE Networks Compared

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  • Great... (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 20, 2011 @12:12AM (#37452500)

    So now I can hit my 5 GB cap in less than 30 minutes. Hurray!

  • Bandwidth limits (Score:5, Insightful)

    by rsborg ( 111459 ) on Tuesday September 20, 2011 @12:22AM (#37452542) Homepage

    Am I the only person completely unexcited by 4G given the bandwidth limit to speed ratio?

    On either Verizon or AT&T one can easily swallow up the entire 200/250MB lower tier limit in a matter of minutes. The 2GB higher end plan is a mere hours of airtime away. What happens when some rogue app or website pushes you well over the edge? Is this the texting overage nightmare ripe for abuse again? How the hell can you game on this kind of network with such low limits?

    4G/LTE means nothing if the bandwidth limits are so paltry as to effectively make it a metered service.

  • Re:Gaming...? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by msobkow ( 48369 ) on Tuesday September 20, 2011 @12:34AM (#37452590) Homepage Journal

    It's also an uncongested network with a minimal number of connected devices at this time. Let's wait and see how it holds up under load -- that's been AT&T's weakness for a while now.

  • by Cimexus ( 1355033 ) on Tuesday September 20, 2011 @03:20AM (#37453358)

    This argument is always made anytime mention is made of metered Internet plans, whether wired or wireless. The argument is "since I can exhaust this quota by downloading at the stated maximum of 'x' Mbps in 'y' hours, it's useless, and they should really only advertise it as being a 'z' kbps plan" (where 'z' is the bitrate that would be required to exhaust the given download quota in one month).

    I don't buy that argument. My home internet connection is fast, and I would buy a faster connection if one was available, but I choose to pay only for a 30 GB download quota on it. Note that I say "choose to" - higher quota plans are available to me (up to 1 TB metered, or unlimited), but I don't need that much data, so I save a bit of money by just paying for 30 GB/month. The fact that, at my line speed, I could consume that 30 GB in a few hours if I so desired, is irrelevant to me. I don't need that much data ... but when I DO need/want something, I want it FAST. If the speed of my plan doubled tomorrow, it wouldn't make much difference to the amount I download. But it would mean I would only have to wait half as long when I did download. Which is good.

    ( NB. I'm not saying this applies to everyone. There are people with internet usage patterns out there that consume every bit of bandwidth available to them 24/7, and thus would start consuming a lot more if the speed was higher. I have friends who torrent everything under the sun just because they can, even though they will probably never get around to listening to/watching half of it. But for me? I download the stuff I want - that stuff happens to average out to 25-30 GB a month, so the 30 GB plan suits me. For 10 bucks extra per month I can upgrade to 100 GB ... so as my data requirements grow (which they will over time as the quality of downloaded media and size of software increases), I can just upgrade my plan as required. But that has nothing to do with ~speed~. I want as much of that as possible, even if I only have a small download limit. )

  • Re:Great... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by poofmeisterp ( 650750 ) on Tuesday September 20, 2011 @10:40AM (#37455782) Journal

    So now I can hit my 5 GB cap in less than 30 minutes. Hurray!

    I'll bite on this one.

    The overage charges will pay for the providers' hardware overhauls in 6 months or less. I betcha, I betcha.

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