Verizon's 4G network, based on LTE technology, is set to get kicked off in the United States by the end of the year. And, each time it gets brought up, it looks like Big Red is right on track to getting their next-generation network up and running right on time. And, as we've seen in the past, testing for the network are still underway. This time around, a member of the private Beta test group has posted some unofficial speed tests, and the results, reaching up to 27.79Mbps download speeds, are pretty impressive.
The Beta tester posted the results, as well as a few more images, through a friend. He claims that he was using a Thomson TG789vn router, which was linked to an external dome receiver courtesy of an Ethernet cable. Through this set-up, the tester (who is located in Pennsylvania) recorded download speeds of 27.79Mbps, and an upload speed of 5.09Mbps. The ping of 150ms, a relatively high latency, suggests that the user was indeed utilizing a wireless network, and not a satellite.
The Beta tester goes on to say that the private test consists of only 60 people, and is a joint-partnership test between Verizon and DirecTV. It's rumored to be believed that DirecTV is being used in the testing process so that Verizon does not get any attention drawn to them, as they are still trying to keep the tests quiet. As usual, though, Verizon hasn't commented on the unofficial numbers. With the service hopefully available in several markets by the end of the year, Verizon customers ready for the 4G revolution will get to test their own hardware soon enough.