updated 09:50 am EDT, Mon September 7, 2009
Nokia 4G modem trialled
Nokia on Monday said it has launched its first modem to ever support the upcoming Long Term Evolution (LTE) format for 4G cell data. The Internet Modem RD-3 (not yet pictured) can both support the new technology, which peaks at 100Mbps, but also 3G data over HSPA and 2G over EDGE to give users support of more established networks. It should support world roaming on 4G, though the frequency bands haven't been detailed.
For now, the RD-3 is being used as a test device for carriers as well as network suppliers and others that need to check their LTE services before they're available to the public. It's not certain if the modem will translate to device for the public at large.
LTE promises to supply one of the first cellular Internet connections that can compete with landlines, as it should not only offer real-world speeds of about 12Mbps but dramatically reduce lag and enable features like high quality, two-way video calls and multiplayer action games. Verizon should be the first with the service in the US with a mid-2010 or earlier debut, but AT&T, T-Mobile and others plan to follow suit starting from 2011.