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

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



1. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

2. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

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

3. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

couldn't agree any better

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

5. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

It should be called 5g

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.

8. Ultimatephonefreak

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

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

12. JeffdaBeat unregistered

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

7. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 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.

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!

10. btbotimtim

Posts: 272; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

11. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 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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