Tuesday, January 18, 2011

LTE promises 100Mbps mobile handset, with 180 operators investing in 70 countries

LTE, or Long Term Evolution, will hopefully lead us to That state of ubiquitous of connected Nirvana at some point; but don't hold your breath.  Verizon in the US is delivering an average of 8Mbps in some urban areas.  

But as tha GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association) reports 180 operators investing in LTE in 70 countries and the EU Government promising to invest in an LTE infrastructure for Europe, maybe we could all be using up our 5Gb a month data allowance in a single morning rather sooner than you might think.

Research from GSA  Updated 'Evolution to LTE' report published has confirmed LTE as the fastest developing system in the history of mobile telecommunications.

LTE operator commitments are developing faster than they did for HSPA, which until now had been the fastest developing mobile communications system.

The report confirms 128 firm operator commitments to deploy commercial LTE systems in 52 countries, and a further 52 “pre-commitment” trials or pilots in an additional 18 countries.

The report covers both LTE FDD and LTE TDD modes.

The number of operators investing in LTE in deployments or trials has increased by more than 140% over the past 12 months. The number of countries where LTE systems are deployed or planned has increased by 85% in the same period.

It's anticipated that at least 64 LTE networks will be in commercial service by end 2012, according to the report.

The LTE eco-system is rapidly developing. User devices are now coming into the market in increasing numbers and addressing all product segments including USB modems/dongles, PC cards, routers, personal WiFi hotspots, smartphones, tablets, gaming devices, and more.

All I can say is sooner the better at the moment most of the world is stuck in a halfway house where mobile devices show massive promise but all to often just don't deliver the goods.

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