Sprint’s first attempt at 4G with WiMAX couldn’t compete with the higher speeds that both Verizon and AT&T offered on LTE, which caused consumer demand for Sprint to launch a 4G LTE network. Within the last few weeks reports have been coming in from Sprint users indicating they’re receiving 4G LTE on their Sprint devices now. This of course asks the question on who has the fastest 4G LTE network at this time?
The first part of the equation is where exactly you’ll find 4G LTE on Sprint? The launch markets offering 4G LTE will be Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, and San Antonio. For comparisons sake Verizon currently offers 4G LTE in over 200 markets and AT&T comes in second place with 39 LTE markets. PC Mag did some testing in Atlanta, Georgia to see how the carriers stacked up against each other.
From the testing you’ll see that AT&T takes the node for the fastest download at slightly over 18Mbps down. Sprint managed to come in second testing in at 13Mbps down and Verizon following closely at 8.5Mbps. Bringing up the rear was T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network at 8Mbps down and Sprint’s older legacy 4G WiMAX network at 3Mbps. However, on the upload Verizon takes the node coming in at 7Mbps where AT&T managed 4Mbps and Sprint comes in third at 2Mbps. Sprint’s legacy 4G WiMAX network virtually tied T-Mobiles HSPA+ network on the uplink registering about 1Mbps upload.
Of course testing in a single city isn’t enough to get an accurate depiction of what users will experience throughout the country. However, from the initial testing it’s a very good indicator that Sprint’s new 4G LTE network will be able to hold its own against Verizon and AT&T’s network. At our warehouse in Cary, IL we’ve got AT&T and Verizon 4G LTE and are anxiously awaiting Sprint’s 4G LTE network to hit us so we can see how they stack up in the Chicago area!