Just about anyone who uses wireless networks for data is hungry for more speed, a new report from ABI Research suggests. In the first quarter of this year, Verizon Wireless alone activated half a million LTE-enabled devices; in Japan, NTT DoCoMo added 25,000 LTE subscriptions, according to the report.
LTE networks are often marketed as "4G" networks, but the term can be misleading because LTE (short for "Long Term Evolution") and all other currently available networks do not fully comply with 4G requirements--they're often more accurately referred to as a pre-4G technology.
Verizon has been selling the LTE service since January and claims data download speeds of between 5 and 12 megabits per second and upload speeds of 2-5Mbps--or roughly 10 times faster than its 3G offerings. AT&T is testing an LTE network in suburban Dallas that it says is capable of nearly 30Mbps.
But regardless of dithering over the nomenclature of 4G and how well the real-world networks deliver on the promise of their underlying technology, more subscribers are signing up for LTE, bottom line.… Read more