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AT&T Beats Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile in Network Speeds

By Craig Galbraith
June 18, 2013 - News

AT&T has come a long way in just a few years.

Mass complaints from iPhone users regarding dropped calls are a thing of the past, replaced with accolades naming Ma Bell's wireless network faster than those of chief rivals Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile.

When averaging results from 30 cities around the U.S., AT&T was found to have mean download speeds of 16.7 MB per second on its 4G LTE network, and upload speeds of 7.4 MB per second. The findings come from PC Magazine, which conducted the study.

The results provided further bad news for Verizon. Despite T-Mobile's recent entry into the LTE space, the Magenta Network edged out Big Red for second place in the need for speed. Sprint was a distant fourth, PC Mag said. But Verizon was given the nod for what PC Mag called "reliability" – clearly an important factor – and the best rural coverage.

AT&T, however, claimed the top spot for speed in most big cities, where the bulk of the population lives, dominating in almost every region the magazine tested. The carrier was praised in a similar study last year, but didn't claim the top prize in every region because its LTE network wasn't as prevalent around the country as it is now.

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