AT&T LTE Network Faster Than Verizon’s

December 23, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It is known that AT&T and Big Red are the two major players in the 4G LTE space. And Verizon was considered the best. But now that AT&T is in the picture, Metrico Wireless, a firm that does network and mobile device analytics, thought it was necessary to compare the 4G LTE service of both the carriers in the U.S.

And, they found that AT&T’s average LTE speeds are better than Verizon’s. Also Verizon’s LTE is five times better than its 3G network.

Metrico tested the LTE of the carriers on AT&T’s HTC Vivid and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and Verizon’s HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Droid Charge and Motorola Droid Bionic.

The stationary download speed of AT&T’s 4G LTE handsets were more than those of Verizon. Metrico believes this disparity is likely due to the fact that Verizon’s LTE service is more established and has significantly more subscribers using data on it.

But web pages loaded faster on the three Verizon smartphones. Of the smartphones tested, the Samsung Droid Charge, on Verizon, consistently yielded the highest frame delivery rate, while the Motorola Droid Bionic, also on Verizon, had the lowest.

The report aptly stated that the subscriber experience is not simply driven by the network or the device, but by the combination of the two. Even devices with similar specifications connected to similar network technologies still demonstrate variation in performance.

Another thing related to LTE is battery drain; the report found that battery life was heavily related to app use. Also the AT&T’s Galaxy S II Skyrocket will give you about 350 minutes whether you’re a power user or someone who’s making calls all day long.

And, Verizon’s Droid Bionic will give an additional 100 minutes for those who primarily use their phones for voice calling over those who spend most of their time on Twitter and Facebook.

So Verizon is the largest and AT&T is definitely growing. Also Cricket Wireless is making its way. Things ought to get interesting.

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