When the 3G launched few years ago, we were all amazed at the 2mbps+ speed on our mobile devices, today, the 4G LTE moves at a peak rate of 60mbps in many locations with Verizon and AT&T being the major carriers. You know, this is technology, it’s never going to stop there, and there is room for improvement.
The LTE (also known as Long Term Evolution) is just the first generation of 4G. The LTE Advanced follows, this technology theoretically boast of a peak speed of 300mbps, three times the speed of 100mbps peak of current LTE. Yota, the carrier at Moscow was the first to go live on the LTE Advance in October 2012, then, there were no phones carrying the LTE Advance radios in market.
T-Mobile LTE Competitors…
The 4 major carriers in the US have just started rolling out the LTE networks with T-Mobile below the table. While Verizon and AT&T are covering around 200+ cities, T-Mobile has just got 7. Sprint is rallying in between as they just started on the LTE last year. Being at the bottom of the table is about getting T-Mobile the big crazy advantage as they are now focusing on how to get on the LTE Advance instead of the old school first generation LTE. Head of radio network and evolution strategy at T-Mobile, Yasmin Kamili said this to Venture Beat:
“I think we’ll probably be able to move faster [to LTE-Advanced] because we have the latest hardware in place,”
LTE Advance on T-Mobile – the future of Internet Connectivity
The T-Mobile new LTE plan is set to cover 100 million US homes by mid-summer, and over 200 million by year ending. This is a really big ambitious plan, the company recently acquired MetroPCS, which should be a great tool to getting the LTE network live as soon as they can. The current LTE subscribers know that the theoretical 100mbps is just a day dream; the speed is actually around 5-25mbps depending on traffic on network. As many have seen a crazy speed up to 60mbps, the LTE Advance might actually go around the range in the reality as the given theory for uploading and downloading is 300mbps.
For real, will T-Mobile be able to utilize the opportunity and be the first to get live on the “5G” network before the others or stick to the plan of getting on the LTE Advance on the level of 4G+? Let me hear your views.