New iPad data download speeds tested in San Francisco and Sydney, Australians needn't complain

New iPad data download speeds tested in San Francisco and Sydney, Australians needn't complain
In a not very scientific test, the combined LTE/HSPA+ Qualcomm radio in the new iPad has been tested in four major world cities - San Francisco, Sydney, Singapore and London.

Needless to say this is just a fun experiment, and by no means the extensive network testing the carriers or some third parties are doind, but it's interesting to watch how Verizon's LTE pumped out those 28 Mbps in San Fran as if there is no tomorrow.

A commendable runner up was Sydney with 16Mbps on Telstra's network (what's with all the complaining Down Under then?), and London's Vodafone was pretty slow to deliver those data bits to the new iPad's wireless broadband radio.

Apple could very well use Sydney's result in court come May, since the consumer watchdog in Australia wants it to remove all "4G" references from the new iPad - 16Mbps definitely fit today's idea of 4G, regardless of the network tech used. Telstra's Next G network customers are reporting speeds in the 20Mbps realm with the new iPad, so Apple will have pretty valid arguments in court.

source: CNET & Telstra

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1. Triton

Posts: 24; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Where are the negative comments from the iHaters?

2. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

I wasn't originally on their side, although its not a huge deal anyways, but the speeds in Sydney certainly warrant a 4G tag. If they were 4-6Mbits it would be iffy, otherwise there's nothing here that even the most ardent Android lover could really hate on Apple for

4. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Although a lack of 4G tag but I got to admit, its impressive to have that speed in 3G HSDPA. Carriers in Singapore are starting to rollout 4G but it sucks.

3. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

sucks, 3mb HSDPA download speed in Singapore.

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

VZW on the S.F. Peninsula (USA) is producing LTE download speeds for the iPad 3 in the 15 to 22 mb/s range, according to a friend who recently purchased one. Upload has been as slow as 800 kb/s, but is usually in 5 to 8 mb/s area.

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