First urban environment LTE (4G) test

First urban environment LTE (4G) test

Nokia Siemens Networks has announced that they are first to complete a multi-user field trial in an urban environment using the new Long TermEvolution (LTE).The increasedusage of multimedia wireless services sets the pattern of the necessity forfaster data transfer rates. In the recent years the need for higher speeds haslead to a great deal of improvements. Nothing like the 173Mbps that NokiaSiemens Networks managed to demonstrate at the LTE test site has been achieved before(160Mbps is what they got a year ago).  Inorder to obtain data about LTE performance in an actual urban environment thetest was conducted in Berlin by placing an LTE base station on top of theHeinrich Hertz Institut. Then the LTE test terminals were driven up to 1km awayto measure the LTE cell’s coverage and throughput. In the U.S., Verizon Wireless has announced, that LTE is going to be their choice of 4G standard.  AT&T has also expressed interest in theLTE technology. They are supposed to start a trial in partnership with Vodafonein 2008.

source: Nokia Siemens           



1. unregistered

Guess Verizon to actually use 4G in the USA. That sucks for us GSM users. Oh well. I'm patient, I can wait years.

2. Greg unregistered

Try living in South Dakota, I am still waiting for 3G service.

3. vzw unregistered

#1, patient? sounds more like stubborn. cant wait to see what kind of programming they have in the works for that kind of bandwith. It will definatly make online gaming a reality on a phone. WoW mobile? Halo3 mobile? Cant wait to find out.

4. unregistered

WoW mobile? Halo3 mobile? You must be high on drugs. Microsoft and Blizzard will never down grade their products to mobile because the gaming market on cell phones is very low. It is too hard for cell phone makers to make a cell phone that cost less and have great graphics. Why spend $500 on a gaming phone when it is better to get a PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii.

5. unregistered

Me too....I'm still waiting for 3G in State College, PA. I would switch to Verizon or Sprint to get 3G but I'm not a big fan of CDMA. I have nothing against Verizon or Sprint, they are great but the choices of CDMA phones are limited compared to unlocked GSM

6. unregistered

Wow 170mbps speed is gonna be on a phone. That is pretty crazy but I wonder about the battery life of the new phones and the cost, and now I feel kinda sad cuz I just bought the voyager and if this 4g network comes out this year I would be pissed, ah well still pretty good news

7. unregistered

Number 4, You have a good point about gaming on a mobile device but remember that vzw offeres usb and aircard devices that could be used in ps3, xbox 360, or wii etc. The cool thing is that 173mps will probablly open up a huge multimedia market for streaming video, games, and theatre thru the internet. "legally"

8. unregistered

#6 The chances of a 4G network coming out this year is far from probable. The 3G networks are barely being rolled out. I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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