An unexpected result: Chip, a popular computer magazine in Germany, noticed when doing their yearly cellular network measurement campaign, that LTE coverage from one of the leading network operators was present on 95% of their route all across Germany. For the details see here (sorry, in German, but Google can help with the translation...). And for comparison, here are last year's results.
And two other especially noteworthy data points:
- Call setup success rates >99%, drop rates of ongoing calls <2%. Values customers in other countries can only dream of...
- Wireless Internet connectivity of the leading operators is still as good or even slightly better than last year. The number of smartphones and data usage is rising but the numbers show that even without LTE taken into the equation, well designed networks are capable of dealing with the load.
In other words: It can be done, don't let those who can't, make you believe otherwise!
P.S.: Always looking for links to similar tests done in other countries!