What is this LTE Apple is talking about?
Long term evolution (LTE) or 4G LTE is one of the much talked about standard that Apple is selling in its latest smartphone – the iPhone 5. According to a video posted by Mac’s creators, LTE makes downloading faster and in some cases better than your WiFi connection.
AP technology writer, Peter Svensson, says that LTE can go up to speeds of as much as 20mbps which is actually faster than most DSL connections in the home and some offices. However, LTE standard has been around for a couple of years now but it was not the 4G that AT&T had plastered on their cellphones. He also adds that while Apple is selling this technology, they are not the first to get on this bandwagon – HCT and bitter rival Samsung trail blazed LTE.
The Samsung Galaxy Indulge was the first commercially available LTE smartphone, followed by the HTC ThunderBolt offered by Verizon in March 2011.
LTE provides a downlink rate of 300mbps and an uplink rate of 75mbps. The latency is less than 5 ms in the radio access network and has the ability to manage fast moving mobile and supports multicast broadcast streams.
LTE was developed to increase the capacity of data networks using digital signal processing (DSP) and was first proposed in 2004 in Tokyo by mobile communication operator NTT Docomo and studies began in 2005. The standard was finalized in December 2008 with the first commercial service being launched in Stockholm a year later.
The only downside was the data consumption rate would increase a great deal. The LTE technology is a standard for wireless data communication which means that voice calls will have to switch back to the older networks.
While most countries have adopted LTE technology, there are some that are yet to make that change so if you are thinking of buying an iPhone 5 then talking to your service provider would be a wise decision.