Verizon LTE signal measured at 80Mbps in New York City

Verizon LTE signal measured at 80Mbps in New York City
Based on screenshots measuring network speed, it seems that Verizon is testing a faster version of its LTE network in certain areas of New York City. Operating at speeds that occasionally run over 80Mbps, the signal is running on the 2.1 GHz Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) band. Using a Verizon branded Apple iPhone 5s, a gentleman named Milan Milanovic, who happens to carry a handheld spectrum analyzer with him when he is out, also scored a peak 23Mbps uploading speed.

Thanks to its purchase of a large swath of spectrum from cable operators, Big Red is able to stitch together 40MHz of the good stuff in many of its markets. This should allow for a theoretical download speed as high as 150Mbps in those ares. Considering the paucity of users on the network right now, some are wondering whether Milanovic's iPhone 5s should have registered an even higher speed. But the latter believes that Verizon could be capping data speeds for the moment, or that the fiber backhaul isn't ready yet to carry the signal at full speed to the network core.

Other Verizon customers in such locales as Chicago and L.A. are rumored to also be scoring some high Speedtest readings. While Verizon has yet to comment, this news could put a crimp in AT&T's day. The Avis to Verizon's Hertz had an average 16.7Mbps download speed in PCMag's annual test. In addition, the theoretical peak of the pipeline is 75Mbps, half of what the new Big Red network is capable of. And AT&T doesn't have the spectrum yet to challenge Verizon, which means that the carrier might have to start considering what to say on its new commercials.

source: GigaOM via SlashGear



1. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Cool story bro. Now try doing that for half the price a month.

5. Beholder88

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Um, those are showing 49Mbps if you convert from kbps. Still slower. And why pay half when you get half, and crappy customer service? You get what you pay for, it's true in almost everything. Always had Verizon and will never give it up.

7. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

50Mbps is damn fast. And that's not even T-Mobile's AWS network. Which, by the way, is ready to go all over the country. It's only a software switch at this point. Verizon requires hardware upgrades. Verizon's current 4GLTE is slow and capped - making it almost useless at this point. I gave up Verizon after 10 years and have absolutely no regrets. Your customer service comment is laughable. Verizon has atrocious customer service.

15. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

I dont know what you are smoking, but you have things completely mixed up. T-MO has a long way to go as far as buld out of thier 4G LTE network. As for VZW they are fairly complete with thier 4G LTE build out. Verizon is only a switch throw away from activating thier LTE-A network at which time they will be able to run VoLTE on thier network. T-Mo is still somewhere in the range of 2 years away, with plenty of hardware upgrades to thier cell equipment, from thanking about LTE-A or running VoLTE on thier network.

35. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

T-Mo already has HD voice... They should start LTE-A by the first half of next year.

37. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I would switch back to T-Mobile once they have extended their coverage in the in the US. As of right now their service can only be found in major metro areas and major interstates which does me no good. So there is a reason you're paying less.

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

50mbps + unlimited > 80 + limited. Doesn't take a genius to find out which one is better.

39. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

50 mbps + unlimited + edge indoors < 80 (in/outdoors) + limited

41. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009


44. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

obviously Verizon since the customer base is at least twice the size of T-mobile.

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Hey, if you want to be verizon's bitch, go ahead. They are the company who thinks it is their 1st amendment right to slow down your skype traffic or youtube traffic in favor of their own, wants to end net neutrality so they can screw you even more. Oh, and you really think you will notice the diff btw 50 and 80mbps web browsing? Hint: that problem went out the window years ago with 3mbps DSL/cable.

42. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

^ This.

12. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

You guys forget that Verizon's network was about 50-60mbps at launch too. Hell I was seeing 50mbps for months before the network started getting flooded with people and slowed it down eventually to what I see now which is like 25mbps. The same will happen to T-Mobile.

22. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i agree tmobiles lte speeds will probabaly go dwn over time but u do know tmobile still has hspa as a back up which gets up to 30 mbps i had both att and tmobile and i can assure u tmobiles hspa leaves att hspa behind tmobiles average speeds were 15-20 dwn while atts was 2-3 . So when tmobiles lte speeds go dwn they wont see a speed difference since there hspa is plenty fast unlike verizon which u go out lte u on horrible 3G i cant even load fb sometimes on there 3G upload pics forget it same with youtube forget it it craps out on there slow 3g evdo . My friends on tmobile are lucky they pay a lot less than i do on verizon have truly unlimited data and either way u look at it hspa+ or lte thy have fast speeds both ways

33. nnjerzy

Posts: 126; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

I totally agree,, i am running 45 down on TMOB LTE in NJ...consistent always and fast... im glad i left Verizon,, horrible company and practices,,, have your wallet and purse out with them because there coming for everything you have and suck you dry!!

25. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

The problem is T-Mobile has a fraction of the customers that Verizon Wireless does, so that may not necessarily be true.

34. nnjerzy

Posts: 126; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

True your right but TMOB is getting there.. and at night TMOB is in all the other carriers heads.. thats why the all copy what TMOB is doing now!!

2. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Where in New York City you get 80mpbs? I am in mid-town mahattan and I will be lucky if I even get 2mbps on my LTE. When LTE first started, I get like 20mbps, but nowadays, I get speed that's slower than good old 3g.

3. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

What phone do you have? Verizon's core/regular 4GLTE is slow and congested. You need a phone that supports AWS. Which means Note 3/LG G2/iPhone 5S. GS4 needs a software update to enable it.

4. rsdmems

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

Could my Note 2 be updated to work on these bands?

9. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Nope. Hardware support for AWS is pretty much brand new. Sorry.

11. rsdmems

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

Okay, thanks.

27. Penywyz

Posts: 255; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

You left out the new Droids :)

26. xmusicianguy

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 13, 2011

I get 20 Mbps in rural Tennessee (pop 30K) on LTE. Band 13 naturally. So I think they LIMIT the downlink traffic to a set speed during peak times whether the demand is there or not, a QoS method.

38. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Okay, where the heck are you stuck at 2Mbps? I never dip that low on any of my LTE phones. The lowest I've seen was 22Mbps and the highest was 60Mbps, which is usually at night. Towers do get congest as well so it's not like there isn't a reason for a drop in speeds. Still never had that much of a drop anywhere in NYC unless I'm in a subway station.

6. DaBigDogg

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

And don't forget, how much faster you can burn through your 2 gigs a month now too!

8. regkilla

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 13, 2012

Unless you have unlimited data.

16. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

here, here.

20. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

hear, hear?

43. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Enjoy it, because that's next to go away for good.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.