RootMetrics has recently published a comprehensive report showing the current state of 4G LTE presence in the US. The study, conducted by driving 295,203 miles across the country to collect 250,479,524 data samples, found that AT&T holds the fastest overall 4G LTE data speeds, averaging at 18.6Mbps down and 9Mbps upload.
From RootMetrics’ report:
“AT&T easily offered the fastest pure LTE download speed of any carrier, outpacing Verizon’s mark of 14.3 Mbps for LTE-only download,”
Verizon’s upload speed was 8.5Mbps on average (which is actually several times faster than my home Wi-Fi here in the UK), meaning that frequent uploaders need not worry too much about which carrier is best for letting the internet see your content as fast as possible.
However, though AT&T’s 4G network was the fastest, Verizon was the carrier found to have the best coverage, with RootMetrics discovering a 93.2 percent chance of accessing the carrier’s LTE network, as Verizon offers coverage in 77 of the 84 markets tested by the firm. AT&T came off much worse here, due to only offering service on 47 of the tested markets, although since the study’s completion, the company has added another 26 of the markets tested by RootMetrics, so the figures may not be entirely accurate as of now.
So, if you’re choosing between the US’ top two networks, then it really comes down to whether you’d rather have faster LTE speeds or more LTE coverage. Tricky one, isn’t it?
Via: Techno Buffalo