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Tests underway for 100Mbps phone Internet

updated 09:35 am EST, Wed November 7, 2007

4G Internet Testing

The first tests for fourth-generation cellular Internet accesss are proving successful, Nokia and several other cellular electronics firms announced today. Known as Long-Term Evolution (LTE), the service has been demonstrated as meeting its peak speeds both for connections fixed in place and mobile users, such as those traveling by car. An ideal linkup will provide as much as 100 megabits in downloads and 50 megabits in uploads; this would outperform even WiMAX by a factor of ten or more in real-world conditions, according to the claim, and offers speed closer to a high-end cable or fiber optic connection.

The tests were characterized as cross-platform and included Nokia's rivals, such as LG and Samsung. Carriers such as China Mobile, Orange, Vodafone, and Japan's NTT DoCoMo were similarly involved in the experiments.

Alhough the US was not directly involved with the tests, the country is expected to benefit significantly from LTE. Both AT&T and Verizon have expressed serious interest in adopting the 4G access technology as a replacement for their respective HSPA and EVDO 3G connections, which would allow both to focus much more heavily on Internet services rather than traditional calling. In addition to the speed, LTE will reduce the cost of maintaining normally expensive data service by increasing the available bandwidth and should cut latency, making games and live video more feasible.

LTE is not projected to go live as a commercial service until sometime in 2010 but should be partly supplemented by services such as AT&T's recently launched HSUPA service, which more closely resembles WiMAX and offers relatively quick uploads compared to HSDPA or standard EVDO.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. Appleman

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Feb 2001


    not too fast!

    Hm, Apple tries to get 2.5 generation out of the door in Europe...and we are talking about 4th generation???

  1. climacs

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 2001


    does this mean

    we might see cellular companies convert themselves to mobile internet service providers, allowing us to reap the benefits of VOIP? I doubt that means my monthly bill would go down, but I'd be much happier paying $50/month for mobile broadband service than paying $50/month for just phone service plus crappy IM and web access.

  1. cmoney

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 2000


    Meanwhile in Appleland

    At the public unveiling of LTE in the year 2010, Verizon and AT&T are announcing a joint venture to blanket the country with LTE coverage.

    Jobs, having just released the 3G iPhone 6 months prior, re-emphasizes that LTE stands for Long Term Evolution and promises that the iPhone will have LTE support by the time the Verizon iPhone is released.

  1. Guest

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    Joined: Nov 1999



    rollout finally commences in 2020 in the US, only in major metropolitan areas...

  1. Eriamjh

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    We don't have 100mBps LAND LINE internet. We will never have 100mBpd wireless.

    The internet companies in the US are milking the sh*t out of us and not investing a penny in the infrastructure.

  1. Titanium Man

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    Joined: Mar 2001



    And how much will they gouge customers for this? Honestly, if you can get these kinds of speeds over the cell network for a decent price, it would kill the cable, DSL and even FiOS markets.That's not going to happen.

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