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The next generation of wireless network is coming, and it will be fast. We’ve been excited about LTE networks and their speed gains for years, and now it’s close. For more on the technology and how it will affect you, check out our handy infographic.

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The next generation of wireless network is coming, and it will be fast. We’ve been excited about Long Term Evolution networks and their speed gains for years, and they are finally rolling out in the U.S. in a big way this year thanks to Verizon Wireless and AT&T. For more on the technology, what is does and how it will affect you, check out our handy infographic.

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  1. I feel like I just read an advertisement for Verizon. The infographic doesn’t say much about the other providers, while glossing over the fact that 3G for the CDMA providers is significantly slower than for the GSM providers (LTE matters to Verizon, however many carriers around the world are in no rush to deploy LTE since they don’t have a pressing need).

    It also ignore the fact that many of the touted LTE features (reduced latency, all IP backend, etc.) appear in the later UMTS revisions (a.k.a. HSPA+, etc.)

    1. I think this is very relevant really, and as far as it goes Verizon is the first wide implementation of it in the US. The thing I find very interesting though is not actually Verizon, but MetroPCS. MetroPCS started first, and they are considerably cheaper than Verizon across the board. I was also reading a post by someone in another forum the other day about the Verizon Bionic. This was interesting not because it was the Bionic as it was actually a post about the Bionic as well as the iPhone coming to Verizon, and the choice between the two, which I of course find to be no choice as I will never use a hardware device such as the iPhone because of it’s totally proprietary nature. The point besides which to choose was that they would both be ported to MetroPCS, and most likely with a vengeance! In all LTE is the wave of the future, the time line on it is much shorter than most realize as well. I believe that within 5 years things will be much different due to the things (Mobility as well as internal devices becoming smaller as well as faster, more energy efficient etc at a very rapid pace) on the market today. You will most likely be able to see some of the traits at the least. However, in 10 years, I don’t know about any of that. With greater computing power in more places societies fabric changes, you will be able to have 24/7 medical monitoring, DNA specific programmed medication, Bendable display’s are out what do they do with them. In all this has all just started and hardware traffic moves at twice the rate of 2-3 years ago. This means it becomes affordable faster, is intro’d to the market faster etc. In many ways our means of communication is the key to most of this. LTE is the start of truly mobile communications matching what was available a few years ago, and in many cases now in a home. in 3 years it will be twice as fast as LTE with higher penetration as well as spacial fill. So LTE is a big thing just like almost any wide reaching technology, and more than many! Oh and as for HSPA+ that is just a way for the cheap skates to rip you off because both the certification board for the technology and the FCC have folded to the companies, and refuse to say anything negative as well as allow it in general to be advertised as it is being done currently.

  2. Verizon is just the first to widely implement this technology, just firming the grip they have now. With the new iPhone coming soon they will get a real boost. mainstreethost

  3. Instead of a Verizon ad, how about a post explaining where that performance really comes from? We are quickly approaching a world where letter combinations (LTE/HSPA/WIMAX/WIFI) matter less and less, while physics matter more and more. Explaining that would be an excellent subject for an infographic!

    If I understand correctly Verizon LTE is deployed in the 700 Mhz band only. That will make it relatively low capacity (big cells). How much data can it really handle?

    1. From what I understand T-Mobile uses the 360 band. However it is a different type of signal band than say a cordless phone. I am not advertising for Verizon in the least. What I am saying here is everyone except 2 providers MetroPCS (the first to implement it in the US), and Verizon are actually using LTE (Long Term Evolution) wireless transmission. Every provider seems to be advertising it which in the least is a straight lie!

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  8. this is exactly what Digg needs to change….stop allowing these CLEAR SPAM/link bait non-reliable bs infographic posts to hit the damn front page…obviously it is link bait, and I’m saddened a site like Gigaom would participate in this bs…also seen one from Mashable the other day….like come on, look at the sites they link to…Burried + reported to Google

    1. That is true Kevin, but pretty much any site has to raise revenue through something I guess. I am a member of one site that does not do so, they have banners etc, but do not accept money for positive reviews or comments etc. This seems to be the only honest way to do it, and they also kill 95% of all spam postings/links as well. It is a different type of forum to though really. The thing really that gets me with LTE/4G is the rampant false advertising the FCC etc are letting be thrown around, it is blatant to say the least. I mean 3.5G is it’s very own spectrum as well as specification. So advertising publicly that 3.5G is 4G is basically the same as advertising gold jewelry on TV with a micro text warning at the bottom saying it is really gold plated aluminum, but still throughout the commercial claiming it is 14K gold. Not only is that illegal, but blatantly so, however the T-Mobile, and now At&t etc advertising claims are allowed. It is straight up breaking the law pretty much.

  9. eduardo prado Monday, December 5, 2011

    LTE = Infographic: Get Ready for LTE, Jan. 12, 2011
    http://t.co/G8J8IlvT

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