Last week was a good week for proponents of LTE. In the US, Sprint announced that its current WiMax based 4G network will be replaced by a LTE based network by 2013. In the UK, initial trials of the LTE based 4G network are underway in Cornwall. And in India, Bharti (the largest operator in India and the 5th largest in the world) was reported to have commenced a LTE rollout in the Kolkata circle.
LTE (Long Term Evolution) holds great promise as it can enable download speeds of nearly 100 mbps while on the move and stationary download speeds of around 300 mbps. This can enable technology leapfrogging by allowing rapid adoption of high-speed broadband in non-urban areas, without the high costs of fixed line infrastructure.
Read more at Bharti taps China’s ZTE to begin 4G roll-out in India – The Next Web, 4G LTE broadband trial kicks off in rural UK – The Next Web, and Sprint Is Ditching 4G WiMax for 4G LTE: What It Means for You.
- Why Sprint’s WiMax Dump Was Inevitable (informationweek.com)