Over the years AT&T has come under fire for numerous issues from dropped calls to slow data. Looks like that’s all about to change, big time. The carrier just demonstrated its upcoming 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network, and the data speeds were positively white hot.
AT&T treated tech site GigaOM to a preview and the results were reportedly astonishingly swift. At the company’s Foundry space facility in Plano, Texas, download speeds were observed at 28.87 Mbps with uploads reaching a staggering 10.4 Mbps.
To put that into perspective, the fastest download rates we saw from the Samsung Droid Charge (on Verizon 4G LTE) were 16.6Mbps with uploads of 5.3Mbps. To be fair, these are real world results opposed to AT&T’s demo in a lab under controlled conditions. There were apparently no other users fighting for bandwidth either. Let’s just say that, if they can be duplicated, these results are very encouraging. AT&T might be due for a little payback.