AT&T’s LTE is Faster, but Verizon Has More Bars in More Places

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Consider the battle for the superior LTE network currently a draw in the US: according to Rootmetrics, AT&T’s network provides faster speeds. However, Verizon has far more LTE coverage across the country. That isn’t entirely surprising, considering that Verizon’s more widespread network is likely much closer to saturation than AT&T’s, which would result in slower speeds. Keep in mind that LTE of any kind is still significantly faster than 3G networks, even when fully saturated. AT&T’s network will likely continue to slow down as more LTE-capable devices are added throughout the year.

Verizon and AT&T aren’t the only two carriers with LTE networks in the US, though. Sprint is also in the running, but only just: Sprint’s LTE network was only in 5of the 77 markets tested, and it was consistently slower than both AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile doesn’t have an LTE network, but even its HSPA+ network was able to beat Sprint’s beleaguered LTE network in some cases.


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