Saturday, October 25, 2008

Mobile Broadband is About to Get a Lot Faster

The future is dependant on high mobile bandwidth. This will enable mobiles to compete head to head with wired services, including today's fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-node deployments. It will release a new wave of applications and services to mobiles and provide the bandwidth to support video and gaming.

We now read on Ars Technica that Ericsson has achieved speeds of 100 Mbps in the latest tests on its Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G data networking, which is some 20 to 100 times faster than current typical 3G networks. AT&T and Verizon Wireless have already committed to LTE with the carriers are claiming they'll be ready to deploy LTE in the U.S. in 2010. Sprint has selected WiMax technology, which currently delivers far lower speeds than LTE, but works today.

This explosion of bandwidth will surely knock another nail in the download versus online debate and we will move further to being ‘permanently connected’.

1 comment:

Neil Vince said...

I am looking forward to the developments in the WiMAX vs. LTE debate. I'm also keeping an eye on WiMAX deployment here in the UK, which is very minimal at the moment, having been deployed in just a few major cities.