Huawei hotspot shows off 40-50Mbps download speed for Sprint LTE

Huawei hotspot shows off 40-50Mbps download speed for Sprint LTE
Sprint has been very busy lately, getting its LTE network ready for consumer use. The first tower cluster was turned on just before the end of last year and a list of the lucky markets where Sprint will first offer the service was just named by the carrier the other day. If you plan on offering 4G service, it might be a good idea to sell LTE enabled phones and some leaked ads show that the Samsung GALAXY Nexus will be the carrier's first LTE enabled handset.

It all sounds like things are falling into place for Sprint and their customers who have been hoping for a 4G option other than WiMax. To test how fast Sprint's LTE service is theoretically capable of going, a video shows a Huawei branded hotspot hooked up to a computer running on Sprint's LTE pipeline. The tower being used is one in the Houston area, and the person testing the network was 1.8 miles away from it and didn't have the kind of congestion that Sprint will eventually have on its network. In fact, you can assume that there was no one else in the area using the pipeline at the time.

The results on the original video showed some good Ping times and download speeds above 40Mbps and 5Mbps for uploads. The tester later said that upload speeds were capped at 5Mbps during the day. More importantly, the same guy later posted a newer video that revealed speeds closer to 50Mbps down on the Sprint LTE network. At the risk of beating a dead horse, without others using the network at the same time in the same area, it is like figuring out how long it takes to drive from Rockland County to Yankee Stadium by taking a drive at 3am when the streets are clear.

source: YouTube (1),(2) via AndroidCentral



1. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Dunh dunh dun. Do i smell an lte war?

8. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

Yes sir, I saw this coming when AT&T and Sprint announced they would eventually adopt LTE

2. Alantef

Posts: 288; Member since: Sep 14, 2011



Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

They didnt test this in doors because then it would have only gotten 1mbps lol

4. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

do this same test in 6months when there are actually users on it and report back

5. Adianshadows

Posts: 66; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

And how many people are on this LTE network?! Hell I'd even give AT&T more credit but I would be curious to see what VZW's numbers were when they released their first LTE tower(s)...


Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

vzw was getting 35-40

13. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

When Verizon's LTE first launched, the first users would get 50-60 Mbps. Right now I get 40 Mbps on LTE in some parts of Portland.

6. Carlitos

Posts: 696; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

A little slow. Verizon got higher speeds when they tested it before it was rolled. Even after. And At&t got speeds like Verizon. A little higher. But sprint is still testing and a long way from making all the preparation.

7. godsarmylds

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 05, 2010

FYI Currently as an verizion lte user base on where your located you can still see 12 to 20ish mbs.... So don give verizon to much crap because lets be honest unless you doing so kind of hardcore gaming you dont need anything higher than 12. So thats freaki good!

9. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

eh those are the same speeds i get on atts LTE over here in los angeles on my nitro. and there are more people on atts LTE network..

10. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011


12. CalebSmith

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 04, 2011

Big Deal, I get those speeds all the time on my HTC Vivid

14. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

without back-haul it's not going to be that impressive, once they get a few people on there it's going to drop and you will see the true speeds. but the sad thing is, once you are not on an LTE tower your going to be back at the 0.97 MBPS and you will hate

15. rashod

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 24, 2011

peoples like sri lankans we only got 2 mbps .... lol bad luck .....

16. dvancleave

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 19, 2010

Another promising release from Sprint. But will it ever materialize into a nationwide market at this level? I switched from Verizon for the pricing. But the coverage with Sprint is definitely lacking to put it kindly. Not only do you suffer dead spots and poor to no signal indoors; but, you get empty promises too. Say what you do and do what you say. I am really pulling for "The Now Network". But where is the "Now"? Bring it Sprint!

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