As a general rule, you need to take any claim a marketing team makes with a couple of rock-sized grains of salt. Real world results always differ, at least a little, from the claims on the commercials. Then, every once in a while, something like this happens, and it's hard to know how to take it.
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Computerworld reports that Verizon has just finished their LTE field tests in Boston and Seattle. These tests ended up surprising Big Red. Back in January they stated their expectation that 4G would be roughly 10 times faster than 3G. That would put the download rate at up to 6 Mbit/sec. Instead, Verizon found download rates to be between 5 Mbit/sec and 12 Mbit/sec.
Upload speeds were also fairly impressive; 2 Mbit/sec-5 Mbit/sec. Jeffrey Nelson, a spokesperson for Verizon, stated, “Our network team is shocked.”
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So are we, Big Red. Now, if you can actually deliver those speeds to a wide market before the end of this year, we'll be impressed too.