Mobile speed: Ericsson LTE demo photos

Mobile speed: Ericsson LTE demo photos

Summary: Everyone's talking about mobile. They want to access the internet while they're on the go, and they want it to be fast. Ericsson is one of a swathe of vendors conducting trials for the next generation of mobile technology — Long Term Evolution (LTE).

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  • (Credit: David Braue/ZDNet Australia)

    The red fixture on the ceiling is the mini LTE base station. In the demonstration environment it's communicating with a variety of devices equipped with Samsung 4G USB sticks, just metres away. For this demo, the Samsung stick was attached to the top of the left-most screen to minimise the chance of physical interference.

  • (Credit: David Braue/ZDNet Australia)

    The base station is connected to Ericsson's SGSN-MME (Serving GPRS Support Node — Mobility Management Entity) and CPG (Converged Packet Gateway), then to the internet. Within the centre are a number of servers hosting 17 different virtual machines to provide a variety of test environments for the LTE system.

  • (Credit: David Braue/ZDNet Australia)

    A TeliaSonera audit of LTE customers' usage patterns showed a strong proportion of the traffic consisted of peer-to-peer (41 per cent) and FTP transfers (14 per cent), with web browsing accounting for just 9 per cent of traffic and HTTP downloads a further 6 per cent. Online video consumed 7 per cent of bandwidth, with a variety of other applications filling out the numbers.

Topics: Mobility, Legal, Networking

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  • So why was it we needed the NBN again? Proof wireless will be our solution whether the government wants it or not!
    schneider82
  • LTE will be ubiquitous in a couple of years.... and with (already available) USB tethering and Mobile Access Point on 4G smartphones there will be less need for separate WiFi in the home, particularly with multiple mobile services in the same house.

    The market will speak and it won't be saying fixed fibre services, which will be superseded for residential use even before it takes off.
    FiberLover
  • Yes, in a couple of years, like we have been hearing for a couple of years and a couple of years before that...

    So let's just put the NBN off until LTE is ready then eh? Even if it's a couple more years than that couple of years and the couple of years previous to those couple...!

    Ah but wait, by then RLTE (Really long term evolution) will be available in a couple of years, so we'll wait for that too, it may be a couple of more years though? And then RELTE (really extra....) seriously...!
    RS-ef540
  • oh, you mean like the 007 carphone network, AMPS, GSM, HSPA, HSPA+... yep, one day they'll get here.
    FiberLover
  • Gee it must be nice to sleep on a bed of money you can just throw at wireless internet. I can't even afford the crappy 3g services they currently offer, how long until LTE would be come an affordable replacement to ADSL2+?
    m00nh34d
  • Wireless Internet is a premium product which is extremely popular, accordingly price isn't dropping off that fast, but the price per GB is dropping. LTE may come in with an additional premium over the top or 'normal' 3G+ will drop in price whilst LTE is rolled out.

    Singtel Optus, Telstra and VHA are all testing now, so there will be plenty of competition.
    FiberLover
  • Yes Phill just like 007... yawn!
    RS-ef540