AT&T LTE Beats Verizon LTE in Speed Tests

However, there’s a major catch when it comes to AT&T’s win

PCWorld took AT&T Inc.’s (T) new LTE network out for a spin. They decided to take the company’s LTE network for a spin in Houston, Texas to test it speeds. Comparing the AT&T 4G to Verizon Communications Inc.’s (VZ) own 4G offerings, they found that AT&T handily won.

AT&T’s 3G network already has showed itself to be the nation’s fastest data network, being nearly three times faster than Verizon in some tests.

The AT&T 4G network is similarly impressive. It hit peak download speed of 42.85 Mbps (on the Momentum 4G modem) and an average download speed of 24.65 Mbps, while the Verizon network only mustered a peak of 23.81 Mbps (with the UML290 modem) and an average of 16.70 Mbps. Uploads showed an even broader gap, with 11.44 Mbps for the AT&T modem versus 4.01 Mbps for the Verizon modem.

In short, AT&T was about 50 percent faster in downloads, and almost three times as fast in uploads.

But there’s a catch and it’s a rather big one — AT&T’s LTE coverage is reportedly the strongest in Texas, as it is home to Southwestern Bell (headquartered in Dallas), the core company that grew into AT&T via two decades of acquisitions and mergers. So consider these results the best case scenario of sorts.