5G is grabbing headlines as the next big thing in cellular networking. But while 5G is certainly on the roadmap, it looks like 4G LTE (News - Alert) is actually laying claim to the next-big-thing title.
That’s because more than half of the world population is expected to be using LTE by 2020.
This is according to new data from ABI Research (News - Alert), as reported by the Facility Executive website. The piece goes on to note that there are 2 billion global 4G LTE subscribers today. It also says that Telstra (News - Alert) launched gigabit LTE this month, and that more than 15 cellular carriers are expected to do the same later this year.
“We are creating a new kind of network primed for an explosion in video streaming and social sharing and Samsung (News - Alert) Galaxy S8 or S8+ owners will be first to experience improved smartphone download data speeds allowing them to get the most out of these beautiful new smartphones with their brilliant infinity displays,” Andrew Volard, Telstra’s director of devices, said yesterday in announcing the carrier’s support for the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices on its network.
Volard added that customers in 4GX coverage areas will experience download speeds up to 50 percent faster than those available on the next fastest smartphone today. That, he said, will allow for more reliable streaming and faster Web browsing.
Meanwhile, a Feb. 16, 2017, ABI Research report notes that 5G is still four to five years out. And it talks about how LTE-Advanced Pro, or 4.5G, solutions are now available from such suppliers as Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia (News - Alert), and ZTE. LTE-Advanced Pro delivers peak bandwidth of more than 450 megabits per second and leverages 256 QAM on the downlink and 64 QAM on the uplink.
“In essence, 4.5G allows mobile operators to provide high data rates, exceeding the range of 1 Gbps, which is 8X to 10X higher than LTE,” ABI Research writes. “At the same time, the increase in data rate also offers larger capacity and higher edge speed (e.g., for 2K and 4K video).”
Edited by Alicia Young