The Future on Mobile Broad Band Network is Beyond 100 Mbps

By: Stig Kristoffersen

Soon you will have data speeds on your cell phone that will beat the dust of ordinary broad band in your homes.

We are still building the 3G network around the world, but this does not prohibit the industry to work on the 4th generation cell phone network.

The future network is called LTE or Long Term Evolution. The new network will enable us to have speeds up to a theoretical limit of over 100 megabit per second (Mbps).

This means that the cell phone based network will have higher speed than your cabled network has today. Then we talk about real cell phone based broadband network.

The producers of this equipment is already testing this equipment and around a year ago Nokia Siemens Network could report that the first tests of LTE in combination with a antenna technology called MIMO with speeds up to 160 Mbps, was successfully performed. MIMO uses several antennas both on the transmitter as well as the receiver to ensure optimal signal strength at the faster speeds. As a comparison traditional service providers can reach speeds up to around 20 Mbps today.

It was Ericsson that launched its first commercial available platforms that can handle LTE. This system is called MT700.

Ericsson Mobile Platforms works on LTE as a platform in development. This technology will provide the service providers the opportunity to provide the consumers full broadband services anywhere at anytime..
They will f.inst be able to provide advanced TV and video services for the consumers.

For the customer the mobile broadband will have download speed of 100 Mbps which is in fiber optics class and will replace traditional broadband as we know it today.

The potential is big, very big. Think of what LTE will mean to the service spectrum and the merge of cell phones and broadband technology. But to build the network to handle the LTE is not done during one day. Several providers are in development of their 3G service network, and we still do not have 100% coverage in several countries where this technology already has taken off.

With Long Term Evolution-technology (LTE) we do have the opportunity to offer broadband speeds up to 300 Mbps, which is a gigantic leap in the cell phone competition.

If we look at when the service providers will be able to provide us with this broadband technology called LTE in the consumer networks, we look at least at a time period up to 2010. The coverage will be as for the 3G network we plan for today.

So what will happen with the cable based networks? We have networks that provide up to 26 Mbps today.

They will increase their speed to at least up to 50 Mbps in the short horizon. There are networks with a capacity of around 6GBps today, so there is a lot to go on in this network too. Already the cable based network can offer services in limited extent with lines between 200 and 300 Mbps on pure IP services.

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