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Could 2012's new Apple and RIM models put carriers’ LTE capabilities in the spotlight?

  • TC2 Blog
  • 2/7/2012
  • Ben Fox

The following is a guest post by TC2 managing director Ben Fox.

At the start of 2012 Verizon Wireless is considerably ahead of the pack in rolling out LTE network services, despite some hiccups along the way. AT&T officially launched LTE just last September in a handful of cities (plus a few more since), and Sprint (which has now also finally jumped on the LTE train) is yet to launch LTE at all. T-Mobile, following its rollercoaster 2011, has not yet announced any LTE plans whatsoever.

Verizon Wireless states typical data download speeds of 5-12 Mbps for LTE versus 0.6-1.4 Mbps for its EV-DO Revision A network. AT&T also states average download speeds of 5-12 Mbps for LTE, plus 2-6 Mbps for its HSPA+ network. All such figures presented by carriers need to be used with care, but it’s not in doubt that LTE offers significantly faster speeds, regardless of carrier.