Re: US numbers seem low to me; always get much faster numbers
said by MineFaster :Back when I had Verizon LTE in 2011 I would constantly get over 25 Mbps down and over 10 Mbps up but since then the network has gotten significantly more crowded. I'll be lucky to get 5 Mbps down these days.
I looked at the numbers, but that isn't my experience at all. I'm on AT&T and get LTE speeds inside my house averaging about 25 mbps down and 15 or more up. And I live in the suburbs. And when visiting in Philly, I get anywhere from 20 to 40 mbps depending on location.
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Meaningless Statistics As Karl correctly points out, our allocation system - mostly block-by-auction-by-MSA, yields a lot of fragmentation, which is somewhat offset by private spectrum trades. It is certainly not the most efficient way to use a very limited resource.
But it does permit each "little guy" a means to control their facilities, not just be at the mercy of the Big Two on a wholesale / resale / virtual allocation basis. The latter would be far more efficient, but we'd hear no end of conspiracy theories on this blog, alleging rate favoritism, 3rd-class priority for MetroPCS subscribers, etc, accompanied by wholesale opposition to any form of bandwidth management.
I'd much rather have a choice of physical networks.
The average data rate for the country has no relevance.
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Re: VZW Slow in DC
said by machpost:Good thing you can switch providers if you aren't happy with your current one.
if you complain to Verizon, they claim that these are acceptable speeds.
Re: OpenSignal: U.S. LTE Speeds Second Slowest Globally Seeing as the carrier for that speedtest was RCN, and the ping was 12ms, I'm gonna go ahead and say that you weren't running it off Sprint's LTE network.
Re: OpenSignal: U.S. LTE Speeds Second Slowest Globally
said by existenz:Not when they're not testing CDMA networks.
However CDMA brings down the overall speeds for VZW and Sprint.
Re: Out of context For most places, micro cells don't matter. For extremely dense urban centers (think around Penn Station, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Herald Square, etc) and sports/event venues, they will be very useful, but otherwise, they won't affect much. Verizon's tower density issue is in urban and suburban areas, and is a macro tower issue, not a micro cell issue. AT&T has way more towers than Verizon in many areas.