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Which country has the fastest 4G service? Hint, the U.S. is eighth

0. phoneArena 13 Feb 2013, 21:40 posted on

Sweden not only was the first country to launch LTE service, it also has the fastest 4G speeds among other countries in the world with an average download speed of 22.1 Mbps, that was followed by the average 19.6 Mbps download speed in Hing Kong; the U.S. was eighth fastest on the planet with an average download speed of 9.6 Mbps...

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posted on 13 Feb 2013, 21:49 4

1. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


No surprise about U.S.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 21:57 10

2. simplyj (Posts: 406; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


Sprint's dragging down the U.S.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 22:10 3

3. StrumerJohn (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 May 2011)


Hahaha yep!

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 08:47 2

28. TheRequiem (Posts: 245; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)


Incorrect, Sprint has developed Network Vision using new technology from Samsung (the only other country using modular Fiber optic tech is South Korea) and are building a complete redux of their network (basically stripping towers bare and putting up all ne wmodern equipment). Unfortunately, AT&T & Verizone simply upgraded legacy tower's with LTE. In the long run, Sprint/ Softbank and their spectrum assets (which is more then all other US Carriers spectrum, combined) will bring about one of the most advanced wireless networks in North America. Keep in mind, Clearwire, has over 160mhz in high-end LTE Spectrum and Sprint willl be using several frequencies for LTE... this will result in LTE Advanced speeds far past the 100mbps. Verizon and AT&T will have trouble with their spectrum/ subscriber counts. Also, fyi, I have witness Sprint LTE and have hit over 40mbps on it... so alas, you are incorrect.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 09:23 1

29. troutsy (Posts: 318; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


So you are a Sprint user, incredibly delusional, and totally biased.... Thanks for stopping by! :-)

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 15:29

40. depeche (Posts: 63; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Sprint did a lot of hardware upgrades with the roll out of Wi-Max; they are just changing software and trying to add the nearly disbanded Iden network bands.

They have a lot of Bands to work with, unlike AT&T

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 22:15

4. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Hong Kong? Is that separate from china?

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 23:27 10

14. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 4249; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


If your geography is based on iMaps, then no.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 23:35 2

15. imsickwithsmartphone (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Part of China but Hong Kong have their own administration...

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 19:30

33. hepresearch (unregistered)


Are there any LTE networks in China that are not also in Hong Kong? If not, then TD-SCDMA is tops elsewhere in China.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 22:21 9

5. faunte (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Feb 2013)


The U.S. has states with a bigger population than Sweden! If their wireless companies all had the luxury of focusing ONLY on California, this may be a different story. Since we're comparing apples to oranges, let's compare amount of space and number of people covered with cell or data coverage. These countries don't have significant populations of people living in rural areas like the U.S. does. It's a bogus comparison in my opinion.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 22:33 2

9. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This is a good point. Because since I've been on LTE, I average 10Mbps down in weaker reception areas. In a good to great areas, 25-30. I have Verizon, live in the DC, MD, VA area; MD to be exact. You could consider all 3 one area...they are so close together.

I live closer to DC...but on speed tests...I get faster speeds from VA or Baltimore servers.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 23:06 2

13. threed61 (Posts: 241; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Canada is larger in area and Australia nearly as large both with vast rural areas.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 01:01 4

20. dsDoan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


Canada's boundary contains masses of open water. If you compare strictly land mass, the US is larger.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 01:31 5

23. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Lol..you guys are talking about 4g lte....and here in india even 3g not fully implemented....

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 04:29 3

25. iWorld (Posts: 85; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


waiting for 3G scam news.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 08:13

27. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Surely it'll be the news in near future...

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 22:24 2

6. wendygarett (unregistered)


I thought south Korea is the 1st and Japan 2nd?

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 22:30

7. Tux_Alan (Posts: 74; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


Gosh, fourth!

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 22:32 2

8. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)


Both Verizon and Sprint are dragging down the US

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 22:35 2

10. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Sprint, I agree....Verizon.....dont agree. I think Verizon and AT&T are probably fighting for 1 and 2 for fastest, best speeds.

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 22:47 3

12. simplyj (Posts: 406; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


Verizon has the best LTE speeds. Not sure what you're smoking..

posted on 13 Feb 2013, 23:47 2

16. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


AT&T is faster than Verizon. But give T-Mobile a few months, and will be faster than both of them thanks to LTE Advanced. :)

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 00:49 4

19. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 221; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


I'm pretty sure AT&T and T-Mobile bring the 4G average down quite a bit since they consider their HSPA+ 4G and it's not even close to LTE speeds.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 01:26 4

22. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3748; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I'm so tired of people saying HSPA+ is not even close to LTE. First off, there are multiple types of HSPA+. The version T-Mobile employs in most of its markets is the dual-band HSPA+42 variety. With it, I average 15-20 down with spikes over 25. Don't tell me that's not comparable to LTE. It is true that the up speeds are lacking in comparison to LTE, though.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 09:48

38. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I agree. HSPA+....I would gladly take that if I wasnt on Verizon. Or if Verizon had that.

My issues with other carrriers is coverage. I know even Verizon has dead zones. I live n work in or around one. It just seems like for my area....Verizon's dead zones is smaller than Sprint n T Mo. AT&T.....not sure about...but they might actually be better in my area.

Whats really odd is in my building...Sprint might work better than Verizon. But its like its confined to the building and immediate surrounding area.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 01:03 2

21. dsDoan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


You can't say AT&T or Verizon is the fastest. It depends on where you live. On Verizon, I average 35 Mbps down 10 Mbps up, but I've gotten peaks of almost 70 Mbps and over 20 Mbps up.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 19:25 1

32. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


lol, I have been ALL OVER the country with my Verizon phone and NEVER gotten anywhere even close to 70 mbps...C'mon now, I like my Verizon but that's not accurate.

posted on 16 Feb 2013, 09:51

39. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I agree with this. Mine hasnt either.

But...I have seen ppl with Verizon posts speeds of 50Mbps and up. Its usually ppl with an HTC phone.

Motorola was and probably still is using older LTE tech than Samsung and HTC. So in a way it could depend on the phone, what tech it has inside.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 00:24 1

17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3748; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


I'm pretty sure he wasn't referring to data speeds.

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