Ericsson shows off future 4G tech

Ericsson shows off future 4G tech

Summary: At the company's competence centre in Australia, long-term evolution wireless technology is being applied to a variety of fields, from emergency care to news gathering

TOPICS: Mobility

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  • Ericsson is one of a swathe of vendors conducting trials for the next generation of mobile technology — long-term evolution (LTE).

    Tucked into a conference room in an unassuming Port Melbourne office block is Ericsson's LTE Global Competence Centre. The centre includes a full installation of the same gear Ericsson has used in commercial deployments with TeliaSonera (in Sweden and Norway), MetroPCS, AT&T and Verizon, in a high-security equipment room somewhere on the premises. The gear has a small transmitter operating at very low power (limited by a government-granted scientific licence) providing LTE services around the room over 2.6GHz radio-frequency spectrum.

    Photo credit: David Braue/ZDNet Australia

  • LTE has received a commitment from 101 operators in 41 countries, with 22 networks in service by the end of this year and up to 50 expected by the end of 2012. This map shows coverage and third-party audited performance figures for the LTE network around Stockholm.

    Among other interesting TeliaSonera statistics: 90 percent of LTE users came from 3G services; 65 percent use LTE as a complement to fixed broadband rather than a replacement for it; and 54 percent would never go back to 3G. LTE access has also changed usage patterns: 26 percent said they were working with more mobility, 23 percent said they were downloading larger files than on 3G, 19 percent were watching web TV and movies, and 16 percent were surfing the web more since they adopted LTE.

    Photo credit: David Braue/ZDNet Australia

Topic: Mobility


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