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Top Five Cities for LTE
Kansas City is Suddenly Broadband's Sweetheart
by Karl Bode 10:51AM Monday Oct 01 2012
Dan Jones over at Light Reading asked Seattle-based mobile network metrics company RootMetrics to help him compile a list of the top five cities nationally for LTE based on current deployments by each carrier. "Kansas City across the three networks is the fastest combined city," says Rootmetrics CEO Bill Moore.

Kansas City is suddenly a broadband darling, having already been chosen as the test bed for Google's 1 Gbps fiber to the home deployments. The area is both Sprint and Verizon's top performer based on average speed, and AT&T's second top performer. On AT&T, Indianapolis topped the list for best performance, boasting between 18 and 22.5 Mbps average download speeds.

Rootmetrics notes there's not a single carrier that has achieved 100% coverage in any major markets, though all three companies promise to have current 3G markets all LTE upgraded by the end of 2013 -- if not sooner.
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silbaco
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USA

Smaller Carriers

I would like to see some statistics for smaller carriers. Such as the top 5 cities for US Cellular LTE.
amungus
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America
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Re: Smaller Carriers

They have LTE in 5 cities? (/sarcasm) ... I'm wondering if they (or other smaller carriers) will have any of the same levels of interoperability / roaming with "4G" as with "3G" service.

I could go get a Samsung S3 right now, but since I barely get 3G where I am, I am not holding my breath for 4G in the area anytime soon.

KC has always had tons of connectivity - I'm glad to see them actually starting to use it for things like fast 4G and fiber.
Bob61571

join:2008-08-08
Washington, IL
The list would include places like:

Milwaukee and Madison WI, Des Moines and the Quad Cities IA, and Greeneville, NC (I think that those are the biggest LTE mkts for US Cellular.)

Those were the first LTE mkts for them. I know that they are rolling out to many more markets this year, but those above are the longest on USCC LTE.

recoil0
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Exton, PA

47.88/17.01mbps 57ms Exton, PA 19341 ATT using Moto Atrix HD

»imgur.com/tf0kA

Actually, I might have been in West Chester, PA 19380. I am seeing similar speeds in certain spots of both towns.

Although, I do average much lower than that, because I am indoors a lot, so anywhere from 4-18, sometimes spurts to 30-32 depending on signal. 4-5 bars is easily over 20-25mbps every time, 1-2 bars is around 4mbps, 3 bars falls somewhere in between.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Less dense cities likely to have higher avg performance

The cities with top performance are not very dense compared to the largest cities so there are less users per site. Until carriers start to focus on capacity management rather than just coverage, such as infill with more LTE sites within a zone, mid-dense cities will probably avg better than larger denser cities.

But even so, KC FTW.

88615298
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West Tenness

Re: Less dense cities likely to have higher avg performance

said by xenophon:

The cities with top performance are not very dense compared to the largest cities so there are less users per site.

Yep my area doesn't "officially" have 4G from Verizon but it's been here for 2 weeks and I can easily get over 30 Mbps on speed tests. My best download was 37 Mbps and I've gotten as high as 14.7 on upload.
jjeffeory

join:2002-12-04
USA
Right as you've alluded to, it's nothing to do with largeness, it's density that will affect speeds. It's amazing how multiplex connections are influenced by how many users there are in a small space...

thegeek
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Verizon LTE in KC is great.

I just got 14.2 down, 2.3 up sitting at my desk in the middle of an office building.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

Re: Verizon LTE in KC is great.

Can get up to 24Mbps on Sprint near window in downtown office building, about 10-12Mbps at my desk. Not that smartphones need that much. The low latency has more impact to smartphone apps after a few Mbps.

Sprint LTE...
»dl.dropbox.com/u/3812896/Pics/An···ests.png

thegeek
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Re: Verizon LTE in KC is great.

I agree, unless I'm in a hurry to download a new app, 3G is typically fast enough. Well I guess if I try to use the NFL Sunday Ticket app the LTE speeds are nice.
PastTense

join:2011-07-06
united state

Sprint the Reason?

Sprint is headquartered in the Kansas City area (Overland Park), so probably decided high quality service was essential in its headquarters city. To keep up with Sprint competitively the other carriers probably decided to upgrade.
xenophon

join:2007-09-17

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Re: Sprint the Reason?

That may explain KC avg on Sprint but not necessarily why KC is also 1/2 on VZW/ATT. Could be there is better logistics for backhaul availability across KC.

tiger72
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Saint Louis, MO
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said by PastTense:

Sprint is headquartered in the Kansas City area (Overland Park), so probably decided high quality service was essential in its headquarters city. To keep up with Sprint competitively the other carriers probably decided to upgrade.

After living in KC for years with Sprint service, I can tell you that historically they've not treated KC any better than any other city
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Duramax08
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AT&T LTE

Just did a speed test, 30 mbps down, 20 mbps up on my iphone 5.
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xenophon

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Re: AT&T LTE

Am curious, what's your latency/ping time?

Duramax08
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Re: AT&T LTE

60-70 ms.
StubbyinKCMO

join:2008-11-15
Kansas City, MO

WiFi or actual 4G speed?

Live here in Kansas City and can only manage 6-9Mbps over Tmo.

But if I hook to the wireless in our apartment that my roomie uses for his laptop since I hate wireless anything, I get up to 12.

So I guess my question is, is everyone with speeds over 10Mb using Wifi or are they actually ON 4G using their phone as it was intended?

And I cannot wait for Google to get their butts NORTH of the river in EITHER state. Stupid wait till January before the raffle comes up here...

recoil000

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Re: WiFi or actual 4G speed?

IM pulling 50 consistently late at night on ATT in 19341. Just went live with LTE less than two weeks ago here. Three times faster than my home connection but metered