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3G or LTE That is the Question

111111
Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

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 2 Speed tests here it seems to me keeping 3G on is better then LTE what are your thoughts 

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hTideGnow
Mayor / Maire

@111111 , yes.. Public Mobile is running on LTE and throttled to 3Mb/s.  However, if you select 3G only, the data speed could be faster depending on network congestion in your local area.   It is running on full 3G speed in this case.

 

 

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hTideGnow
Mayor / Maire

@111111 , yes.. Public Mobile is running on LTE and throttled to 3Mb/s.  However, if you select 3G only, the data speed could be faster depending on network congestion in your local area.   It is running on full 3G speed in this case.

 

 

I would still prefer LTE. You're not always going to have such a great signal, and LTE is superior at poor coverage scenarios.

will13am
Oracle
Oracle

@111111 , for large downloads, 3G might be the way to go.  However, for small bits of data, LTE may actually feel faster due to better latency performance.  Anyway this topic has been debated many times in the past.


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 2 Speed tests here it seems to me keeping 3G on is better then LTE what are your thoughts 


This can vary greatly depending on where you are. I notice that especially indoors, the 3g network is far more likely to give very poor results or have the data cut out entirely. I fnd the LTE to be a more consistent performer, even when the speed is limited to 3Mbps on many plans. On 3g, I can get 35Mbps on one test with a ping of 20ms, but a speed of 0.35Mbps with a ping of 200ms on another. The LTE results are never great on a 3g plan but you know for the most part what you're going to get.

PMinfo
Good Citizen / Bon Citoyen

@sheytoon 

Signal strength is also at play.  Indoors with my PM signals - 3G setting produces a better dBM signal at -75.

 

Setting to LTE produces a signal strength of -103 (i.e. much worse)

 

Not sure if this will hold true for Winnipeg & Brandon...  Those might want to chime in who are actually using there.

I am not a huge user of Data. So not a good one to make comments or recommendations. My phone is set at LTE. I have no idea what 3G, LTE or 5G really means for speed or quality. I would assume that the newer setting of LTE would work downwards when only 3G is present. And having the "time" issue on an iPhone...the issue was solved by setting my cellular to LTE. I will remain at LTE. 

@111111 

I would be interested to know how much data you used on those two tests.....

 

I also see you performed the tests at 12:40 am there by almost guaranteeing a good result for your 3g test with few users on the network at that time. Try that test at 7pm and see what the performance level is at that time.

@PMinfo your phone is measuring different things, so it's not an apples-to-apples comparison. 3G measures RSCP on a 5 MHz channel. LTE measures RSRP on a 5, 10, 15 or 20 MHz channel.

Asher2
Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Woah woah there. I personally would want to stay on the LTE network. LTE generally has better performance.

 

I also do have to warn you about speed tests. They generally do take up alot of data and especially if you have a very small amount of data in your plan.