Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Yet another "reality check" for LTE (see also - "LTE and QoE" - here). Bill Moore, president RootMetrics, compares AT&T and Verizon Wireless LTE network performance in an GigaOm article.
"As our tests show, just because a carrier advertises a market as LTE-enabled doesn’t mean that you will always be on its LTE service. Moreover, the consumer experience of a carrier’s network is impacted by data failure rates. If you’re in the middle of uploading a file or downloading a movie and lose your data connection, those LTE speeds are meaningless. Looking solely at LTE misses the forest for the trees. It doesn’t give you a true picture of a network’s real-world performance".
"Our head-to-head comparison of these two networks measures performance over the first quarter of 2012 and across multiple markets, throwing Verizon’s more mature LTE network together with AT&T’s nascent one to see what performance each offers consumers. We’ve stripped out all non-LTE test results to give you unvarnished, no-additives-included LTE speed".
"LTE is only one piece of a much more complicated puzzle of how consumers actually experience their data networks. It’s the hot topic, but it shouldn’t be the only topic"
See "Solving the LTE Puzzle: Comparing LTE Performance" - here.