Everything I'm going to talk about is UE in one hand, laptop in the other sitting in the cab of an F-150. All speed tests were to the Dallas Speakeasy server. LTE mode. The test unit was the ONLY UE on the sector. This was two 200Mbps FDD AF5 hops inside our network with Speakeasy probably 5 or more hops outside our network.
1) Base of the tower, 65 ft below the eNodeB, 76.88Mbps down/ 7.52Mbps, CINR 25 - 26
2) 1.5 miles out can't see the tower, 267ft below the eNodeB, 65Mbps down / 7.25Mbps up, CINR 18 - 20.
3) 1.98 miles through 1 tree row, can't see the tower, 310 ft below the eNodeB, 43.43 Mbps down / 5.95 Mbps up, CINR 9 - 11.
4) 2.9 miles through at least 1 tree row, can't see the tower, 310ft below the eNodeB, 46.46 Mbps down / 7.07 Mbps up, CINR 13. For this one we had one guy standing on the toolbox in back with the UE above his head.
5) 2.89 miles tower just visible above a nearby roof shooting through the windshield, 323 ft below the eNodeB, 25.46 Mbps / 6.19 Mbps, CINR 11.
6) 2.86 miles tower not visible. On toolbox to get sight line above neighboring house. 280 ft below the eNodeB, 21.90 Mbps / 2.37 Mbps, CINR 1 - 2.
7) 0.5 miles from tower off the back of the sector through the windshield. 261 ft below the eNodeB, 20.51 Mbps / 3.32 Mbps, CINR0: 0 CINR1: 7
8) Our worst test location was 10 ft higher and 60 ft north of number 4 where we had a Rocket M2 on a 2' dish getting about 1.5Mbps, when it worked. We swapped it with the Telrad UE and were shocked at how bad the signal was. On the roof, we only got 11.19 Mbps down and 1.95 Mbps up with CINR of 2. The customer was ecstatic. We were not. We have since moved the mount location to an outbuilding more in-line with our test location from the driveway. The relocation involved some trenching but works much better now.
Our best RSRP was -93 dBm. Our worst was -121 dBm. Our testing methodology was so horribly slack, it makes me cringe. (Stop at random and point the thing out the window. Seriously?)
You cannot just ignore foliage, but it seems significantly better than what we've been using. We need to get the sector loaded with UEs, then we can say how it works in reality.