It's a point that's been said more than once, but it bears repeating due to just how vital it is overall. Without the proper connectivity to serve as a backbone, next generation communications simply cannot exist. That bandwidth and sufficiently low latency is vital to the overall operation of such systems, thus most are waiting breathlessly for 5G's arrival. However, technologies are emerging to help spur growth even now, and for many, gigabit LTE (News - Alert) is representing one of the biggest steps forward in some time.
This is particularly the case in Australia, where Telstra worked with several major infrastructure providers—Netgear, Ericsson and Qualcomm (News - Alert)—to create not only the first gigabit class LTE commercial network, but also the first gigabit-class LTE mobile device, reports noted. Netgear and Qualcomm got together to put a Snapdragon X16 modem that could operate at LTE speeds into a Netgear Mobile Router MR1100, and turned to Ericsson (News - Alert) for network infrastructure and software support.
Indeed, thanks to these and other developments, Telstra now claims top speeds of 150 megabits per second thanks to a combination of systems. With LTE Advanced features like the 4x4 multiple input / multiple output (MIMO) system and uplink that includes 64 quadrature amplitude modulation, there's more than enough room to support this.
Telstra isn't alone here; Sprint (News - Alert) recently noted it brought gigabit-class LTE access to commercial networks, showing off the technology at an event at the Smoothie King stadium in New Orleans. Several more such issues are coming forward, as T-Mobile looks to roll out gigabit speeds later this year, and AT&T (News - Alert) was recently seen in a multi-party demonstration on that front. Each provider still has quite a ways to go to get fully ready for the 5G rollout, but these early steps are vital to ensuring the best rollout.
All of these measures together are really just preamble for next generation communications developments like 5G, but necessary preamble nonetheless. We cannot have next generation communications tools running on the equivalent of dial-up bandwidth; it just doesn't work that way. Without the proper speeds, bandwidth, and latency involved, the technology cannot deliver on its inherent promise.
Thankfully, everything we've seen so far suggests that, when 5G does roll out, it will be able to deliver enough power and speed to satisfy most any need, and that means next generation communications will be able to roll on unfettered.