Sprint's 4G LTE service gets tested in Atlanta

Sprint's 4G LTE service gets tested in Atlanta
LTE service is slowly making its way to Sprint customers. In fact, the carrier is currently testing the service in a few cities, including Atlanta. As part of its multi-carrier speed test that we told you about earlier Monday evening, PC Magazine was given a specially equipped LG Viper that was enabled to receive Sprint's LTE signals. Where most of the testing done by PC Magazine showed how poor WiMAX compared to Verizon and AT&T's 4G LTE signals, in Atlanta, PC Magazine was able to include results from Sprint's LTE service.

Based on the results, it looks like Sprint is going to be a major 4G competitor in the city. Downloading, AT&T was the fastest with its 4G LTE speed coming in at an average of  slightly over 18Mbps, Sprint's 4G LTE was next with an average of about 13Mbps, followed by Verizon's 4G LTE and T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42Mbps pipelines. In dead amongst 4G signals was Sprint's WiMAX which had an average download speed under 4Mbps. Ouch! When it came to average upload speed, Verizon was first followed by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and then WiMAX.

Sprint customers should be feeling full of hope seeing this study. Replacing a poor performer like WiMAX with a legitimately fast service like 4G LTE should help Sprint add more customers, especially if it sticks to its unlimited data plans.

source: PCMag



1. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

Whoa!!!Sprint isn't messing around.The second wave of cities include W.Palm Beach ,Miami,and Ft.Lauderdale. Go towww.s4Gru.com for more details..but at 13mbps download whoops BigRed's keyster...

2. Libra1985

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 26, 2011

Hmm that's promising but at the same time no one is using Sprint LTE service right now, so of course the stats would look nice, let's revisit these test six months after deployment.

4. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Yep. Imagine AT&T 4G LTE network with a fraction of it's users.

5. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

that's not saying much you know.

7. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

They're just gettng into the LTE game .Remember they had to get WiMax because it was the only spectrum available so yeah of course no one using it because it's not available yet except in Kanakee,ILL. Give them a chance Libra85 and I'm not disagreeing with you but let them work it out.

3. GeekMovement unregistered

I just hope they improve their coverage to the western coast within a reasonable amount of time. I don't want to carry around an LTE device that can't use on LTE for too long.

11. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

After Network Vision is complete this time next year and the 800mhz Nextel spectrum is refarmed, their coverage is supposed to almost double, it will be a lot more dense in some areas and expand in others. I saw a PPT slide somewhere, I think S4GRU and the new coverage footprint looks impressive. Where on the West coast are you, I have been to Washington state, Oregon and California and found Sprint's service to be excellent there.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I was getting 10-13 MBS in NYC on Wimax....lol. I got 15.7 down on June 9th, 2012

12. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

WiMAX is not as bad as some people make it out to be, signal penetration is not great but if you have a strong signal 8-10mbps is not uncommon.

8. thedarkside

Posts: 654; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

always a minute late and a dollar short.

9. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Looks promising, but like what has already been said, the LTE speeds for Sprint is with no one using the network. I remember back when Verizon first launched their 4G network and the T-Bolt & a USB modem were the only LTE devices, Verizon's download was peaking at over 20Mbps.

13. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Well some folks at S4GRU were able to get on Sprint's LTE network and speeds were averaging around 25mbps and peaking at 30mbps+. That was on a Galaxy Nexus, if that matters.

19. items17070

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

now that is the speed i want to hear about! not that wimpy 13mbps! lol

24. Joshua9007

Posts: 94; Member since: Jun 08, 2012

This was not a test to see the best speed someone could get from sprint. Sprint only has approximately 35% of towers complete and broadcasting LTE, so signal strength cannot be great. Once all the towers are operational and they optimize the network, it might actually be capable of higher speeds, but then once it gets burdened by users... the speeds will probably be closer to VZW's LTE speeds.

10. centuro1911

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Seriously, what kind of speeds do you need on a phone? Anything around 10 Mbps should be more than sufficient and faster than the phone will even be able to process. The phone shouldn't even be used as a device for downloading large files except in extreme circumstances and the phone companies shouldn't be building networks for extreme circumstances.

14. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Actually, most experts agree that just about everything on a mobile phone can be done well with 600kbps. The advantage to higher speeds is only come into play when downloading a file and even then the speed advantages aren't fully realized.

16. items17070

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

not when your using a hotspot, that is where the HIGH speed comes in very nice! i also am using verizon 4510L mifi and getting 36mbps DL and 13mbps UP,, gee, guess thats toooooooooo fast for centuro and isutigers! but everyone can have the own OPINION!

17. items17070

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

and WHO cares about the so called 'experts' can't you think on your own, or do you always need 'backup' thinkers to help you justify you thinking!

18. items17070

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

and you say 'even then the speed advantages aren't fully realized' your SO WRONG! i have downloaded a few drivers off dell's website, large files and WOW nice difference from a 10mbps to a 36mbps on verizon LTE ,,,,

22. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

First of all dumb ass, I said, ON A MOBILE DEVICE, I do agree that if you are tethering, yes, it would make a difference. Second, anywhere between 10-30mbps is ridiculously fast for a mobile device and is faster that 90% of wired home networks. So, why dont you take a chill pill and your mifi 4510L and shove it you know where.

15. items17070

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

NOT impressed! 13MBPS! slooww.. I already get 9 to 13MBPS on clearwire WIMAX, and this is too look good??

20. Moocracka

Posts: 4; Member since: May 11, 2012

You just like to listen to yourself talk don't you?

23. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

You're slow!

21. items17070

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 20, 2011

yep! dont you? lol

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