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First Commercial LTE (Super 3G) Site Unveiled

This is where the fun starts...

Long Term Evolution (LTE), Super 3G, 4G - whatever you want to call it - represents the glittering future for mobile data and the world's first commercial deployment has just been announced.

Perhaps unsurprisingly it is network kings Sweden which grab gold here with a service by Erisson and Teliasonera that is expected to bring mobile broadband to customers at up to 160Mbit - and that's just initially. Real world tests have already surpassed 250Mbit with a theoretical peak of 326Mbit - take that fixed line!

Available to Stockholm residents from 2010, it promotes the likes of mobile video blogging, web TV, streaming HD, online gaming and cloud computing. "The unveiling of this site shows that LTE is no longer the story of the future; it is the story of today," said Ericsson VP Ulf Ewaldsson.

"Being at the forefront of broadband evolution means our customers will be the first to benefit from this groundbreaking technology," said TeliaSonera Senior VP Erik Hallberg. "This first LTE site is a key step towards further enhancing Sweden's fastest mobile broadband network."

LTE is also predicted to make a huge impact on fixed line broadband services (read: negatively) and while initial pricing is expected to be high (read: very high) putting such break neck speeds into the air can only be good for everyone (read: not BT). So come on Britain, go for the silver...

Link:

Press Release

TheEvilGenius

May 27, 2009, 7:37 pm

I'll eat my own face if we get this anytime soon... And if we do I suspect it will be major urban areas only and at a fraction of the speed, but most of the cost.





Or maybe I'm just jaded and cynical.

Gordon394

May 27, 2009, 7:39 pm

@TheEvilGenius - I think any fraction of 160Mbit is probably going to be ok ;)

Tarik Bos

May 27, 2009, 7:47 pm

i was under the impression land lines were only hitting 100 mbps speeds, this is crazy, if they would just roll this out all over europe we could all ditch our landlines and watch HD movies anywere!!! ok this upgrade adds bittorent downloads to the "what i can do on the move" list but that pretty much it i guess.

lifethroughalens

May 27, 2009, 8:37 pm

With TheEvilGenius on this one. This might as well be a short story by H.G. Wells!





Judging by the inconsistent & poor UK 3G coverage after years and years of roll-outs and network upgrades, this is well and truly a pipe dream. This'll take 10 years to reach the masses!

Tim Sutton

May 27, 2009, 9:04 pm

Good gravy! 160Mbit? BT better start knitting those fibre optic cables.





I assume that this'll be rolled out in the areas that have no 3G service at all first? Because that would be fair, seeing as how I'm writing this on my phone in Devon and basically attaching it to a carrier pigeon to send.

Tony Walker

May 27, 2009, 10:19 pm

Well, I'm "in the middle of nowhere" (sic) 12 miles east of Manchester and would currently settle for coverage of any description.

Jmac

May 27, 2009, 10:27 pm

But the massive headline bandwidth doesn't look so rosy when you factor in that it has to be shared among many many users. With BT you may get contention of say 50:1 (meaning they sell 1,000 8 Mb/s lines (total theoretical throughput 8,000 Mb/s) but the backbone only supports 160 Mb/s. With mobile broadband, the contention is massively higher (think many thousands to one in the case of mass uptake in an urban area). Not saying this isn't awesome (it clearly is) but it is no replacement for fixed lines. Ideally we want superfast fibre to the home / office, thereby keeping the airwaves free for superfast LTE speeds on the road with minimal contention.

GoldenGuy

May 28, 2009, 12:03 am

Why does the logo look... 'fun'? That's not right. Icons for technological standards are supposed to be bland and wear their :( serious face.

rav

May 28, 2009, 2:44 am

sounds amazing but there's no point getting too excited if current mobile coverage is anything to go by.

timple

May 28, 2009, 4:11 pm

Time for new network operator "4" funded by Hutchinson Whampoa to announce its plans....

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