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LTE-Advanced test in Korea shows what 4G is all about (600Mbps download)

Posted: , by Alex I.

LTE-Advanced test in Korea shows what 4G is all about (600Mbps download)
A few months ago we told you about a certain LTE test in Sweden, during which the researchers "witnessed the theoretical peak throughput of a Category 3 device (102.05 Mbps) without even trying".

This news certainly had "a wow effect" on many of us back then, but it doesn't sound that impressive now, as researchers from Korea's Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) put a demonstration of LTE-Advanced.

And it didn't disappoint, downloading a 700MB file for 9.3 seconds. This leaves little doubt that when LTE-Advanced becomes widely available (its deployment in South Korea is expected to take place in 2014), it may achieve the legen-wait-for-it-dary maximum of 600Mbps download speed, which doesn't sound too bad to us.

If we put aside all the hype what's 4G and what's not 4G, the bottom end is that this is the kind of speed we want to see.

source: Telecoms Korea via Engadget

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posted on 27 Jan 2011, 05:40 1

1. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


LTE is the future! all companies should use this technology and help it improve

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 08:29 4

2. daniel_bargs (Posts: 323; Member since: 27 Nov 2010)


THIS IS 4G! damn you verizon at&t t-mobile and sprint!!

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 09:06 1

3. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


couldn't agree any better

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 09:20 3

4. remixfa (Posts: 13933; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


when it comes out, it will be called "5G". :)

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 09:28

5. BobbyTaba (Posts: 316; Member since: 11 Aug 2010)


It should be called 5g

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 10:36

6. Gcombs (unregistered)


Is the current LTE upgradeable to LTE Advance? If so that would be the way to go. I'm sure U.S carriers wont adopt this technology for years to come. T-Mobile may have made the right move not to deploy their LTE yet as they said their waiting a few years. Time they can use to test LTE Advance if they have the money.

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 10:54 2

8. Ultimatephonefreak (Posts: 20; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


T-Mobile doesn't have the money to invest in LTE so I doubt they'll invest in LTE Advanced anytime soon

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 13:46

12. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


They have the money...they don't have the spectrum...

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 10:40 2

7. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


Once again we're letting our Asian neighbors show us how it's done. Our country is always falling behind in the wireless industry. We should be dominating it. Why is our LTE so slow? Heck, the carriers can't even agree on what's real 4G! How embarrassing.

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 11:01

9. BigFatty (unregistered)


I think you fail to realize One VERY important difference, the physical size of the US versus our asian counter parts~ it takes much longer and much more money to implement anything in the US verse there!

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 12:46

10. btbotimtim (Posts: 147; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


you are right. size of south korea is smaller than half of california. it will take a long time to implement anything in the US. still lte in the us is not bad when surfing the web. i guess we don't need 600mbps if we don't download movies on the phone. multi-tasking and long battery life is necessary and most of smart phones nowadays have it.

posted on 27 Jan 2011, 12:50

11. skymitch89 (Posts: 1079; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


HOLY CRAP!!! Sooo cannot wait for this to hit the US!! I doubt that any phones will be able to access the full power, but I'm sure that there would be USB modems/routers to do it.

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