Sprint disputes 4G speed tests, suggests Verizon’s network will slow with more users
Last week analyst firm BTIG reported that Verizon’s 4G LTE network handily beat Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network in a series of 1,000 speed tests. Not surprisingly, Sprint disputes the results of BTIG’s tests. In a message to BGR, Sprint notes that “The Verizon 4G LTE network is very new so no one has any fully time-tested data on it yet.” The company goes on to state that, “As their [Verizon’s] network gets loaded and more than just one smartphone comes forward on their network (zinger!), we can better access its capabilities.” Sprint also states that its seen speeds average 4 to 5Mbps on its 4G WiMAX network in New York City, where BTIG’s test were performed.
It’s nice to see Sprint take a few not-so-subtle digs at Verizon. It is true, after all, that Sprint has several 4G devices available, while Verizon currently only offers the HTC ThunderBolt and a handful of LTE wireless data modems. Sprint’s network is also over two years old, so the installed base of Sprint 4G devices is likely much higher than Verizon’s.
Still, it’s unclear why BTIG’s data shows such a wide disparity between Verizon’s and Sprint’s 4G speeds. Assuming the data was not just faked, we have to wonder why Sprint’s 4G network appears to be so darn slow. Hopefully, another independent speed test will be released to either validate or dispute these figures.