5g is one of the big news in Iphone 12family, but how much benefit you users will actually get from the technology depends largely on where you live and which operator you use.
The first results of speed tests with the new models have now started to appear in the app Speedsmart, reports 9 to 5 Mac.
The results come from users on the 5g networks belonging to AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon in the US and are interesting because the three companies use different frequency bands.
AT&T has just started rolling out “real” 5G with millimeter wave on the 39 GHz band and it looks like the tests that appeared in Speedsmart instead use their “5G Evolution” network which is in fact LTE Advanced (4G) . The speeds downstream in the company’s network are between about 70 and 200 Mbps and upstream 15–25 Mbps.
To date, T-Mobile uses both low frequencies around 600 Mhz and intermediate frequencies around 2.5 GHz, and the results clearly show the differences: two tests are below 100 Mbps and two between 450 and 620.
Verizon is the operator that has come the furthest in rolling out millimeter wave technology, and the results speak for themselves: 700-2,000 Mbps and significantly shorter response times than at AT&T and T-Mobile.
In Sweden and the rest of Europe, we can not count on any gigabit results in a few years.