4G LTE: Uneven Coverage, but Fast Speeds
Mobile broadband has high data throughputs and low latency, which means the user experience is fast and seamless. Today’s 4G LTE networks reach download speeds of up to 12 Mbps
, with a latency of, typically, less than 100 ms
. Where coverage is excellent, 4G LTE is fast enough to support video streaming and real-time gaming in high definition.
Unfortunately, 4G LTE coverage isn’t always excellent. While 4G LTE is widely available in urban centers, it covers less ground in rural areas. Verizon’s 4G LTE network has the best coverage – 98% of Americans
– followed by AT&T – 93% of Americans
– followed by Sprint – 80% of Americans. There are, however, plenty of rural areas that aren’t covered by any of the three major carriers. Use our tool to check availability in your area.
We recommend 4G LTE for real-time gaming, video conferencing, and video streaming
in rural areas without access to cable or DSL. We also recommend 4G LTE for rural residences, and for campers and cars that stay inside the borders of the United States.