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LTE to usher purely wireless, everywhere broadband

Posted: 28 Jun 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:LTE? wireless communication? mobile data networking?

Charles Sturman, Ezra Stein and Carl Fenger of u-blox, a fabless firm that specialises in embedded positioning and wireless communication components, discuss the history of mobile data networking and how LTE's bandwidth and latency improvements will change the face of the web.

LTE is the latest generation mobile network technology, and the fastest growing standard in telecoms history. With the exponential increase of video-rich content and remote data storage, LTE has been designed to meet the growing demands of the Internet for both human-to-human, human-to- machine and machine-to-machine communications.

LTE will accelerate and enhance numerous technology trends including last-mile connections, multimedia-rich web applications, security and cloud computing. This article briefly summarises the history of mobile data networking, and how LTE's bandwidth and latency improvements will change the face of the web.

Data has become the driver of mobile network technology

Figure 1: Data has become the driver of mobile network technology, this is why operators are rapidly rolling out 4G LTE.

The fastest growing telecom standard
Digital mobile communication was born in the 1990's as an offshoot of the fixed wired telephony industry in the form of 2G GSM, which initially offered voice as the primary service. Later on, data was added as a lower priority "add-on" feature, first as SMS for text messaging and then as packetised data through GPRS and then HSPA. Interestingly, SMS, the first commercially available mobile data service, today generates over 100 billion dollars in annual revenue worldwide.

Two cellular network generations later, data has taken over as the driver of mobile network technology. Voice, now a commodity, has been replaced by multimedia-rich applications and services as the main revenue generator. This is why operators are rapidly rolling out 4G LTE, making it the fastest growing telecommunications standard (see Figure 1).

LTE promises to deliver a whole new level of bandwidth and quality of service for both mobile human-operated devices as well as for human-to- machine and machine-to-machine applications that require affordable, high-bandwidth, high-quality and low-latency wireless connectivity.


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