Verizon today expanded on some of the actual results for its expected 4G network. It has been testing the network in Boston and Seattle since last August, and today the telecomm provider offered some numbers based upon its tests.
The LTE network doesn’t quite make it close to the 100 Mbps speeds that 4G is supposed to offer, with peaks coming in around 40 to 50 Mbps for dowloads and 20 to 25 Mbps for uploads. What can you really expect on an average day? Verizon quotes the average speeds on a populated network at 5 to 12 Mbps for downloads and 2 to 5 Mbps for uploads.
The speed is significantly less than the theoretical 100Mbps promised by Long Term Evolution (LTE), the chosen standard, but would still give Verizon one of the fastest cellular networks in North America. All three major Canadian providers, as well as T-Mobile USA, are running or about to launch HSPA+ 3G networks that promise somewhat similar speeds but are less likely to reach as high as 4G in typical experience.
Verizon will launch its LTE network in 25 to 30 markets around the country later this year. In a recent interview, Verizon Wireless senior vice president Tony Melone stated that Verizon plans to double its 4G footprint within 15 months of launch and fill out its entire 3G coverage area with 4G by the end of 2013. [via Electronista]