AT&T 4G LTE Takes Top Spot in 2013 PC Magazine Speed Tests

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AT&T has been named America’s fastest 4G LTE network, according to a newly published magazine study. Results of tests in 30 U.S. markets by PC Magazine show AT&T wireless customers are benefiting from blazing-fast wireless Internet speeds.

 AT&T has been named America’s fastest 4G LTE network, according to a newly published magazine study. Results of tests in 30 U.S. markets by PC Magazine show AT&T wireless customers are benefiting from blazing-fast wireless Internet speeds.

In addition to being ranked the fastest overall in the U.S., AT&T’s network swept the top rankings in all six U.S. regions from coast to coast: Northeast, Southeast, North-Central, South-Central, Northwest and Southwest. Moreover, AT&T’s network also ranked first in 24 of the 30 markets tested.

“AT&T is on top of the world this year with the fastest LTE network in most major cities,” said PCMag.com’s lead mobile analyst Sascha Segan. “Combined with a fast HSPA network where it doesn't have LTE coverage, that makes AT&T our choice this year for speedy mobile data.”

Kris Rinne, AT&T senior vice president-network technologies, said: “This PC Magazine honor is another important third-party validation of our network quality. We’ve listened to our customers, we’ve invested heavily and worked hard, and today’s news again validates that AT&T offers an outstanding network, device portfolio and value.”

Several other third-party testing firms also have honored the AT&T 4G LTE network for speed and performance. AT&T 4G LTE is available in 278 markets and covers more than 200 million people. Improving the wireless network is a top priority for AT&T. Over the last five years, AT&T invested nearly $98 billion into operations, more than any other public company in the U.S.

AT&T has built the nation’s largest 4G network, and its customers are able to enjoy widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G speeds on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas on AT&T 4G HSPA+. With some competitors, smartphone customers may fall back to slower 3G technologies when outside of LTE coverage.

The 24 markets where AT&T finished first were: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Memphis, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa and Tucson.

Read more about the study from PCMag.