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)

    LTE has been committed to by 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 per cent of LTE users came from 3G services; 65 per cent use LTE as a complement to fixed broadband rather than a replacement for it; and 54 per cent would never go back to 3G. LTE access had also changed usage patterns: 26 per cent said they were working with more mobility, 23 per cent said they were downloading larger files than on 3G, 19 per cent were watching web TV and movies, and 16 per cent were surfing the web more since they got LTE.

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    The first demonstration application is streaming video. The app showed four different versions of the demo clip streaming over the LTE connection — encoded at bitrates of 512Kbps, 1Mbps, 2Mbps and 4Mbps. Speeds of 2Mbps are good enough for commercial video services and 4Mbps represents a top-end offering that would be overkill for many markets, according to Ericsson North America head of innovation Mark Murphy.

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    Video streamed smoothly over LTE at all bitrates and was extremely watchable on the high-resolution flat-screen monitors. Note the meters in the bottom right-hand corner, which show historical bandwidth usage and latency figures.

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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!
  • 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    The market will speak and it won't be saying fixed fibre services, which will be superseded for residential use even before it takes off.
  • 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...!
  • oh, you mean like the 007 carphone network, AMPS, GSM, HSPA, HSPA+... yep, one day they'll get here.
  • 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+?
  • 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.
  • Yes Phill just like 007... yawn!