AT&T, Verizon Have the Best LTE, Depending Who You Ask
Though Neither Network is Bearing Much of a Load Yet
have suggested that AT&T's network actually outperforms Verizon's LTE network, though with neither network supporting much of a subscriber load at the moment that might not mean all that much. While we were recently somewhat...indisposed, PC World
offered up a new wireless speedtest rundown showing that AT&T's implementation of LTE is currently offering the fastest speeds -- topping Verizon in every market they both offer LTE in except New Orleans.
Of course AT&T's currently only offering LTE in around 31 markets compared to more than 200 for Verizon, though AT&T hopes to ramp up availability quickly this year and have most of their markets covered by the end of 2013. Which network offers the fastest speeds seems to vary depending on which study you're looking at. While PC World found AT&T to be the fastest, a Rootmetrics study from mid-April claimed that Verizon's LTE network offers better overall performance
While AT&T appears to have the edge in average LTE download speeds, Verizon owned the battlefield when we compared how often we could actually access each carrier’s LTE networks. Verizon offers the more mature LTE network and it shows in the ability to access LTE. We found LTE service much more often with Verizon than we did with AT&T. Taking into consideration all 15 markets (where both companies offered LTE, we found LTE during 92 percent of our download tests with Verizon and only 66 percent of the time with AT&T.
A more recent Rootmetrics study takes things further
, exploring overall speed comparisons when factoring in HSPA+.