09-29-11 10:10 AM
- LTE or Long Term Evolution
So lets Get started:
While usually we find a lot of dumbed down explanations terrible, we actually found that this recent article posted in the Connected Magazine by Rogers is actually a good way of trying to describe LTE (long term evolution) to the general public without needing to know a lot of the information that goes back behind wireless networks.
Heres a quick summary of the main points (theyve used a highway and cars reference to make things more understandable)
LTE is the next logical step for wireless technologies to take, it can theoretically reach download speeds of 150Mbps and upload speeds of 70Mbps depending on devices, geography and network availability
this means, streaming HD video with no lag or wait time, beautiful online gaming, and the best wireless experience possible
it will provide better call quality and data transfer speeds
over next 5 years North America is expected to tenfold increase in mobile network demand
currently NA push and pull 30 to 40 petabytes of data across networks EACH month, thats like 30-40 million gigabytes of current use changing to 300 million to 400 million gigabytes of use in five years!!! (LTE can handle that surge)
Thats the basics of it essentially. Heres where the article shines, its highway annalogy.
- Imagine the current network is a 5 lane highway, LTE will increase that highway to 20 lanes!
- This new highway has specific lanes for data (streaming video, gaming), text messaging, and calls which means everything will be pushed to the correct lane making everything more organized and faster
This means in simple terms 4 things:
1 LTE will handle more network congestion with ease (once this network has capped out)
2 High priority information like voice calls will get priority with their own lanes meaning better quality of sound and speed (and more calls can be handled)
3 More lanes mean more channels are open for data traffic so things like browsing, downloading and gaming can be performed much quicker and easier
4 LTE packages all these different things more closely together (imagine 5 cars fitting side by side in ONE lane) without any chance of collisions (as its all handled electronically)
All in all this promises a greater wireless experience for the end user!
In addition to all this, weve talked to network developers about the matter and one huge benefit of LTE is the recievers are much SMALLER and more POWERFUL so instead of having hundreds of giant ugly mobile towers around our country, LTE towers can fit ONTOP of light posts making them barely visible!
With Bell and Rogers now fighting over who will launch LTE first, well soon be able to see how this amazing new network will work! Rogers is currently poised to launch LTE in Ottawa this summer so stay tuned for more information soon!
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- I heard of several groups working on a system of wireless communications without any central authority. The way it works is each wireless device--mostly cell phones--act as a mobile tower. If the connection is for that device, it accepts the packets and does not relay. If the packets are not for it, it rebroadcasts the packets. This would work best in a high density environment. For example, you could be walking in lower Manhattan, place a call to a contact uptown and your connection would literally go phone to phone through midtown. The carrier would not know this call took place.
The idea of this technology right now is that it would work without electricity (as long as the batteries hold out), without towers, central office switches, wire or fiber. So when the Apocalypse comes, you can still call mom.
As the system is worked out and, if the groups can settle on a standard, every radio device could become part of the radio mesh. If you have ever ridden around the suburbs or city with your BB doing a Site Survey, you see just how many wireless networks there are. I understand different radios operate in other bands but, eventually we might get access to most of the spectrum for this kind of system.
Also, batteries will need to be much improved if our phones are to transmit constantly.
But lets hope we are not end up in one of this situations.09-28-11 01:28 PM
- A quick point to add...
To run LTE on a Device, you Need a LTE SIM, LTE Capable Device, LTE Plan, and a LTE Network.
You need those 4 things to be able to Have LTE on your device.
The 9900 or any new bb out right now will never suport LTE.
Even with the LTE SIM and LTE Plan, you will not get LTE Speeds becuase the 9900 handles only 14Mbps Speed. Where as LTE is 21 for my understanding.
So that being said, whether you do get a "LTE" Sim or stick with the one you got...you will only get max speeds of up to 14mpbs until a BB device is released that can go up to LTE Speeds.09-28-11 08:04 PM
- No BlackBerry supports LTE yet. Verizon has the most widespread coverage at this point. AT&T is starting to roll it out and Sprint isn't far behind. T-Mobile seems to staying with their "4G" HSPA+ service which is a huge mistake Reality is going to catch up to T-Mobile's BS marketing eventually. They claimed the 9900 was the first 4G BB which made me laugh out loud when I read it. We'll see an LTE BB by next summer I'm sure.09-29-11 10:10 AM
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