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Submission + - WiMAX vs. HSPA+

adeelarshad82 writes: Current 3G networks which offer speeds of 1-2 megabit range are great for web surfing. However, given today’s multimedia craze, networks are shifting towards faster speeds. This is where WiMAX and HSPA+ come in. PCMag's Sascha Segan recently tested out Sprint's Xohm WiMax (aka 4G) and T Mobile's recently announced HSPA+ network to see which is faster. According to the test WiMax offered an average of 2.25 megabits down and 628 kilobits up, with peaks of 5.13 down and 1.17 up. Although Sprint pledges that their WiMAX delivers 3-6 megabits of downstream bandwidth, with peaks up to 10 megabits. On the other hand HSPA+ got average download speeds of 3.12 megabits/sec and 1.26 megabits/sec up, with peaks of 7.65 megabits/sec and 2.02. However, theoretically HSPA+ networks are suppose to have download speeds of 21 Mbps and upload speeds of 5.8 Mbps. While HSPA+ is clearly much faster than WiMax, one clear disadvantage HSPA+ has is its 5GB which is not a problem with the WiMax network.
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