Verizon has been rolling out its faster LTE-based 4G wireless network for several months now, currently it added nine new cities a couple of days ago. Despite this, AT&T’s still working on expanding its own LTE wirless network.
GigaOM took a tour of AT&T’s Foundry space in Plano, Texas, interviewed Jon Summers, SVP of application and service infrastructure at AT&T, and got an exclusive demo of how AT&T’s LTE network will work via a tour of the company’s Foundry space in Plano, Texas.
“The speeds provided on the download side were about 28.87 Mbps, and were about 10.4 Mbps on the upload side. This compared to speeds of 3.77 on the download side and 1.21 Mbps on the upload for an iPhone capable of maxing out on AT&T’s 7.2 Mbps HSPA network. So it’s fast, but sharing those speeds with others on a cell tower will bring them down. For comparison, Verizon has promised customers speeds of 5-12 Mbps on the download side and speeds of up 5 Mbps on the upload side.” That’s supposed to be real world speeds, by the way, and not some theoretical speed.
“GigaOM said that when commented that this was the first LTE demo where folks didn’t try to max out the standard and show off 150 Mbps-download connections, he replied that this is because “AT&T wanted to model real-world situations for the people coming into the Foundry space.””
While the speeds may be impressive, for AT&T customers its all about the service and we’ll have to see when the LTE network goes live for real people whether both the speed and the reception matches the demo speeds.
The LTE network is supposed to go live sometime in the middle of 2011.