AT&T Vs Verizon LTE Download Speeds: Surprising Results

We’ve already posted an article about Verizon today with regards to the iPhone 5 and now we have some news that shows surprising results about LTE speeds of AT&T and Verizon. Many have assumed, for whatever reason, that AT&T vs. Verizon LTE download speeds would show Verizon was quickest, however a recent speed test demo showed that AT&T LTE speeds were notably faster.

At an AT&T research lab demo of the upcoming 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network download speeds of 28.87 Mbps were reached alongside upload speeds of 10.4 Mbps. The news was brought to us from Josh Ong over on Apple Insider who tells how a GigaOM representative touring the lab in Texas was given the demonstration. By comparison AT&T’s current HSPA network gives download speeds of 3.77 Mbps and upload speeds of 1.21 Mbps.

It was noted by AT&T engineers that the amazing LTE speeds achieved were meant to mirror “real-world situations” while in the lab, rather than the often-hypothetical high speeds given in carriers’ demos. However it was also noted that these speeds would be lowered somewhat when users “were sharing those speeds with others on a cell tower.” Even bearing that in mind though the AT&T LTE speeds were significantly faster than those of Verizon. Looking at what Verizon describes as real world data rates on its LTE network which is already up-and-running, the company claims download speeds of 5-12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2-5 Mbps.

We also told yesterday how China Mobile, a carrier for the next Apple iPhone, says it has agreed plans with Apple for an iPhone to support its 4G LTE network but we felt this is more likely to come to a future iPhone rather than the upcoming iPhone 5. According to Apple Insider, Verizon CEO Dan Mead also previously spoke about the fact that Apple was working on an LTE iPhone so it really will be interesting to see what develops. AT&T plans to have its LTE network mostly fulfilled by 2013.

A report on Ubergizmo also talks about these AT&T LTE speed tests and notes that the launch of the network is rumored for June so there’s not too much longer to wait. What are your thoughts on the impressive speeds achieved in AT&T’s LTE demo? Were you surprised by the results? Let us know by sending us your comments.