During a tour of AT&’s Foundry space in Plano, Texas the company showed off its upcoming 4G Long Term Evolution network to GigaOM.
AT&T expects to get ‘real-world’ speeds of around 28 Mbps down and 10 Mbps up. That is over double the speeds that Verizon has promised customers.
I asked for a demo and got one. The speeds provided on the download side were about 28.87 Mbps, and were about 10.4 Mbps on the upload side. This compared to speeds of 3.77 on the download side and 1.21 Mbps on the upload for an iPhone capable of maxing out on AT&T’s 7.2 Mbps HSPA network. So it’s fast, but sharing those speeds with others on a cell tower will bring them down. For comparison, Verizon has promised customers speeds of 5-12 Mbps on the download side and speeds of up 5 Mbps on the upload side.
Apple is expected to update the iPhone with support for LTE; however, it’s unclear whether the technology will be ready by this year.