Early Look at Sprint's LTE Network Speeds
Faster Than Verizon, Slower Than AT&T Claims PC Mag
Sprint's shiny new LTE network hasn't quite gone live commercially yet, though PC Magazine
was given an exclusive first look at the network as part of a feature exploring the fastest wireless networks available in the United States. The magazine was allowed to test the new LTE network at five locations around Atlanta using an LG Viper 4G LTE phone. The results show that while fast (between 9 and 13Mbps downstream) the unlaunched network currently isn't quite as fast as AT&T LTE, but is faster than Verizon LTE (but only downstream) and T-Mobile HSPA+ service.
The magazine blames the slower speeds on the fact that Sprint is using 5MHz channels instead of the 10MHz channels used by Verizon and AT&T in Atlanta:
Using the Sensorly software at four of our locations, we got average download speeds between 9 and 13Mbps, which is similar to the speeds in AT&T's two faster 5MHz channel cities but slower than you see in its 10MHz channel cities. Sprint's peak download speeds hit 26.5Mbps down, which is as much bandwidth as anyone really needs. That's also similar to AT&T's peak speed in a solid 5Mhz city like Raleigh, where we got a 27.8Mbps peak on AT&T.
Many readers shouldn't have long to wait before they can test things out themselves. Sprint's LTE network is already up and running for testing in many markets, and is expected to launch in Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, and San Antonio in just a few weeks.