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Next generation LTE gets the nod, 100Mbps in a moving vehicle to become the norm

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Next generation LTE gets the nod, 100Mbps in a moving vehicle to become the norm
The United Nations' International Telcommunication Union (ITU), the body behind the current 2G-4G standards, has approved last week the final specs for the IMT-Advanced wireless broadband technology.

The standard strives for average speeds of 100Mbps downloads while moving, and up to 1Gbps while stationary, making it a true fourth generation technology, not the wimpy stuff carriers are marketing now.

One of the early adopters of this tech in its LTE-Advanced form, which meets and exceeds the IMT-Advanced basic requirements, is Sweden. It was the first country to have an LTE carrier network up and running, and has been testing these 1Gbps possibilities since last summer, as you can see in the video below, where the equipment hits 945Mbps when the Ericsson van is not cruising the streets.

The icing on the cake are not the mindboggling download and upload speeds, however, but rather the increase in bandwidth, which will allow much more devices to be hooked up with these speeds at the same time. This would significantly diminish the congestion that plagues carriers' networks now, forcing them to install data caps for the heaviest users, and offer meager data amounts for outrageous sums of money. As per ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré and François Rancy, Director of ITU’s Radiocommunication Bureau:

IMT-Advanced marks a huge leap forward in state-of-the-art technologies, which will make the present day smart phone feel like an old dial up Internet connection. Access to the Internet, streaming videos and data transfers anytime, anywhere will be better than most desktop connections today...

IMT-Advanced would be like putting a fibre optic broadband connection on your mobile phone, making your phone at least 100 times faster than today’s 3G smart phones. But it’s not only about speed; it’s about efficiency. IMT-Advanced will use radio-frequency spectrum much more efficiently making higher data transfers possible on lesser bandwidth. This will enable mobile networks to face the dramatic increase in data traffic that is expected in the coming years.

The devices would also be gently laid from one base station to the next, or even to local Wi-Fi networks, where possible, and smooth HDTV streaming will become the norm. We are just curious what will the carriers be labeling this once it hits; since ITU seems to be always one step behind the marketing departments, we'd wager to guess 5G as a very serious possibility. Still, it will be at least 2-3 years before we see it in action with Verizon and AT&T, so a lot can change in between.

source: ITU



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posted on 24 Jan 2012, 06:19 1

1. Carlitos (Posts: 333; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


YESSSS!!!!!

Is this going to be for 4gLTE-Advanced. What Verizon and At&t are going to start next year.

FIRST

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 07:35 2

4. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


Who's to say they aren't prepping for it now? I'm sure as carriers grow their LTE networks they are also thinking of ways to improve it. But! Like it says above, this tech won't be seen standardized for another 2-3 years. I seriously doubt any US carrier will see speeds like these next year.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 07:17 1

2. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


finally! true 4G!

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 07:27 4

3. KEVlN (Posts: 83; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)


This is undoubtedly good news. My only concern is the prices. This is a top tier network technology. I mean 1 gb/s down?!?! That's ridiculously and unnecessarily fast. Sure we would all love to see a webpage load instantaneously, but we can almost achieve this with today's LTE tech. I don't want to be paying out the a** for data transfers alone... Not unless the plan was somehow bundled with an all you can eat at-home service and VoIP service. I don't want to pay more than the ridiculous prices I'm paying now! Lets just hope that the 4G pricing will drop as fast download speeds become more of a standard.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 07:57 1

5. oddmanout (Posts: 435; Member since: 22 May 2009)


4G isn't just about data transfers between page loading and app downloads. When these LTE networks get truly established and blanketed around the US, we'll probably see voice calls over 4G more of a standard. That said, prices for data may get higher but pricing for basic voice may go down to even out the expense. This of course is just speculation. I'm sure not trying to "pay out the a**" for data myself lol. Btw, Verizon has already announced that they will start a voice over 4G service next year so this speculation is more so a reality.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 08:01 2

6. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)


"That's ridiculously and unnecessarily fast"

I agree. There is so much I can do with just my average 5-10meg HSPA+ that regular LTE seems borderline overkill. I guess the most reasonable way to look at it is that this new network can feed more people which is always going to be necessary more so than speeding more people.

Hopefully in a few years "slow" LTE of today will be sold at a discount once LTE-A is upon us. 2GB LTE for $15-20 anyone?

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 15:51 2

9. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


This more than how fast YOU as a consumer can load or download things.. this is also about the network infrastructure and these speeds will help everyone.

The faster you can get your file or web page, or picture or test.. the faster the network is available for someone else to use it.

This is all about being able to maintain as many devices on the network as possible.

I laugh at how fast that 2 gig data limit will get chewed up though! Knowing Verizon and AT&T.. they will keep the 2 gig limit in place!

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 09:08

7. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Honestly 3g loads webpages fast enough for me. LTE is great for loading videos which I have trouble with using 3g. There is nothing else I could want beyond LTE speeds so I would rather them focus on battery life.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 09:46 1

8. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


I think CLEAR/Clearwire will get their first to be honest (4G Advanced that is). I see Sprint offering a USB 4G Advanced dongle accordingly.

It might not be 1Gbps ... but is should be faster than current LTE.

It is not so much the speed benefit as it is the multiple device benefit.

Because LTE Advanced allows and is better at more devices, wireless will not be just about mobile phones anymore. Automakers are itching to get in on the LTE bandwagon too.

The internet brought us text ... EVERYWHERE. LTE Advanced will bring us video ... EVERYWHERE.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 15:53 1

10. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


yeah some of you guys are thinking now. start thinking tomorrow.

after voice is video. video hd stream requires gb's of bandwidth not mb's

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 22:49

11. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)


The problem I see with is we have a bad enough time with the backbone of towers with LTE (3.5 or "4th gen") the way things are now. Just think about one person taking up even more of that bandwidth by playing WoW over their cell network. I know people don't have unlimited data anymore execept the fews of us on sprint or grandfathered in.

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