Sprint’s WiMAX dethroned, Verizon’s LTE reigns supreme

by: Chit AgustinApril 3, 2011
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Sprint has been known to be the 4G king. However most recently, Sprint has been dethroned. Based on the research conducted by BTIG, Sprint’s WiMAX network is no longer  the country’s fastest mobile internet. Sprint’s speeds have been topped by Verizon’s LTE network.

The recently launched LTE network of Verizon out-performed the WiMAX network of Sprint during a series of 1000 speed tests that took place in New York City. Using HTC’s EVO 4G for Sprint and Thunderbolt for Verizon, internet speed tests were matched and surprisingly, Verizon’s LTE network surpassed Sprint’s WiMAX by significant margins. It’s also worth noting that Verizon’s LTE network also provided better coverage and reliability than that of Sprint’s WiMAX. Indeed impressive.

The results can really attest that Verizon deserves the throne for the king of 4G. Average speeds for Verizon’s LTE network were 9Mbps down and 5Mbps up. On the other hand, Sprint’s WiMAX network ran out at 1Mbps up and also 1Mbps down.

Overall, which do you think is better?

  • Tom

    LTE may have tested faster but the only place tested was NYC. What were the results in DC LA Chicago?

  • Verizon’s LTE network surpassed Sprint’s WiMAX by significant margins. New tech rules ;)

  • Alfred Weeks

    I agree Tom, its not a good comparison. Who knows if the “near window” tests were in the direction of a Wimax tower. I have Clear service myself and I get much better speeds then what they reported. I do have a Thunderbolt but not an active Evo 4G, but my hotspot device gets good speeds here in the Portland, OR area. Would be better still if they adopted WiMax 2 (and got a new hotspot) but that seems to be a dead issue with Clear going with their own LTE upgrades.