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One More Too

join:2010-09-09
Galena, IL
reply to sharkyyoung

Re: Look what happens when you keep pushing with the BBB..

A concern that I would have about the quality of HomeFusion LTE would be whether the towers are going to be equipped to handle enough bandwidth to actually realize the performance that 4G should be capable of delivering.

In my area, 4G service has just started to become available during the last few months. If I go to a town with a population of about 30,000 about 30 miles away (with my 4G phone), I can get speeds of 15 or even 20 megabits per second. If I go into one of the smaller towns or out into the country, even though I can get a strong 4G signal, my speeds can drop to below 2 megabits per second. I'm confident that the diminished performance in the small towns is related to tower capacity. Thus, regardless of what the technology might be capable of delivering, if the towers are not equipped with enough bandwidth capability, performance might well be closer to what I'd expect to see with 3G, and performance during peak usage times might well be significantly worse than during off-peak times. Also, while pings are clearly better than satellite, they are nothing to write home about.

Those of us who live in more remote areas need to understand the reality that, as long as the cost of providing internet access to remote areas is going to be significantly higher than it would be to provide internet access to more densely populated areas, we are not going to see some company wave a magic wand and give us internet service options that come even close to what is available in urban areas and at a price point that those in urban areas are paying.


silbaco
Premium
join:2009-08-03
USA

The pings times on HomeFusion seem to vary, though I don't think I have ever seen a ping reported higher than 150ms. Most of them are 70ms or under. That is not bad.


One More Too

join:2010-09-09
Galena, IL

said by silbaco:

The pings times on HomeFusion seem to vary, though I don't think I have ever seen a ping reported higher than 150ms. Most of them are 70ms or under. That is not bad.

I can't tell you for sure that the pings won't be better with HomeFusion, but, with my 4G phone, the best 4G pings I've been getting are around 150 ms, and they run as high as 300 ms. I'm not sure what would be better just because it is HomeFusion.

My guess would still be that performance with HomeFusion is going to vary widely depending on how much bandwidth is available from the tower that a customer is connected to and that available bandwidth will be at a lower level in more sparsely populated areas. I'd also guess that the first roll outs of HomeFusion have been in areas where the towers have more available bandwidth and that the same may not be the case for the areas where many of us live.


dbirdman
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join:2003-07-07
usa
kudos:5

said by One More Too:

I can't tell you for sure that the pings won't be better with HomeFusion, but, with my 4G phone, the best 4G pings I've been getting are around 150 ms, and they run as high as 300 ms. I'm not sure what would be better just because it is HomeFusion.

I'm guessing I have more varied 4G experience than most, due to travels - I've used 4G now in dozens of cities and small towns. It is just as variable as 3G is, and neither the size of the town nor the length of time it has had 4G correlate very well. I've seen pings below 40 and above 300 in all sorts of different places.

At my home base in Eureka, CA, where I am now they turned on 4G 3 days ago, which makes this one the first that I've been in right at turn-on, and it is definitely doing well. I should be able to report its progression over time. I just did this test, USB tethered to my computer:



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One More Too

join:2010-09-09
Galena, IL

said by dbirdman:

I'm guessing I have more varied 4G experience than most, due to travels - I've used 4G now in dozens of cities and small towns. It is just as variable as 3G is.

I guess that is really my point. My 4G experience also shows a wide range of performance from one location or time to the next. I can't tell you what accounts for those differences. Perhaps, it is related to the ratio of available bandwidth to the number of customers using bandwidth at any given time.

Thus, while I would have the hope that 4G will ultimately turn out to be the greatest thing since sliced bread for many, I'm not sure that is a certainty, and it may well be that, for people like Texas Rebel, the biggest difference, when he switches to HomeFusion, will be that it will be Verizon support that needs to deal with him and not Hughes support just as, when he switched from Exede to Gen4, it was Hughes support that needed to deal with him and not Exede support.