Wireless Wednesday–Sprint's LTE network is as fast as its competitors
June 20, 2012 — by WEBOOST
This “Wireless Wednesday” we’re looking at Fierce Wireless’ article on LTE network speeds. An excerpt of the aticle is included below–
Sprint Nextel’s (NYSE:S) LTE network in Atlanta delivered downlink speeds comparable to AT&T Mobility’s (NYSE:T) LTE network and Verizon Wireless’ (NYSE:VZ) LTE network, when using 5 MHz channels of spectrum, according to tests conducted by PC Magazine.
While Sprint is using 5×5 blocks of 1900 MHz PCS spectrum for LTE, both Verizon and AT&T are launching LTE in the 700 MHz spectrum with mostly 10×10 MHz blocks of spectrum (AT&T uses 5 MHz channels in Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Los Angeles; and Raleigh, N.C.). The report noted, however, that Sprint’s speeds don’t quite match AT&T and Verizon in cities where they use 10 MHz channels. Both Verizon and AT&T promise average downlink speeds of 5-12 Mbps.
PC Magazine conducted its speed tests at five locations in the Atlanta area during the week of June 11. The magazine used a specially provisioned LG Viper 4G LTE phone outfitted with both the Sensorly speed test app and the Ookla Speedtest.net app. Using the Sensorly app at four of the locations, the testers produced average downlink speeds between 9 Mbps and 13 Mbps, which PC Magazine said is similar to the speeds in AT&T’s two 5 MHz channel cities but slower than in its 10 MHz channel cities. Sprint’s peak download speeds hit 26.5 Mbps, the report said.