Believe it or not, I’ve been using the Internet since it’s inception… well at least when it was made public. I recall fondly the days of using ARCHIE and GOPHER to network into other schools and retrieve information about history and recipes (I must make for you that coffee cake sometime). When in the US, I routinely paid over $100 for a fast connection. Something on the order of 10Mbs download and 5Mbs upload. I was stoked! Until I moved to Korea.
Land of Speed
When I first got here I had no idea how fast a connection I was going to receive. Imagine my surprise when for a little over $30 per month, I am able to have a 100Mbs up and down connection in my home. A connection ten times faster than the US for a third of the price. AMAZING. Since coming to Korea, I’ve become accustomed to that kind of speed. In fact, being able to purchase and download a movie in SECONDS is what I live for. As a YouTube Creator, being able upload a 4GB podcast movie in a few days, is much appreciated. It’s something I would never try in the US.
Since I purchased my iPhone 4 in 2011, I have been pleased with the mobile speeds I’ve been able to achieve.
Above you see a recent speed test taken by my phone. The thing that stands out most for me, is that the 3G connection is faster than my average connection in the US. When I was paying for standard Internet, I was lucky to get 1Mbs download and 256Kbs for upload. This 3G connection is significantly faster, comes with unlimited data, and is cheaper than any mobile data plan I ever had in the US.
New Kid on the Block
Rolled out this year is the upgrade to 3G: the LTE network. I had seen commercials from SK, LG, and Olleh, but wasn’t sure how fast the networks really were in comparison. I mean, was the hype really worth it? To find out, I borrowed a Samsung Note to compare Olleh 3G and 4G speeds. This is what I found:
That is crazy fast. 22.6Mbs for download and 13Mbs for the upload. I have never seen speed like that on mobile device. I ran the tests a number of times and most results hovered around 17-25Mbs for the download and between 9-17Mbs for the upload. Those numbers are awesome. As I continue to produce more mobile content, I’m left wondering if the next iPhone will be made available on LTE networks. The sheer power the network provides is amazing.
I’m curious to see how my tests stack up in your neck of the woods. Please surf on over to the app store of your choice and download the Speed Test app (available for both iOS and Android). Then post your results here with what kind of network you’re on (3G or LTE). I’m curious to see what speeds are out there.