Giants like Sprint Nextel, AT&T Mobility and others are due to begin rolling out LTE Advanced network technology as soon as 2013. For analysts of the industry, it is the time when insights about how and what the effects could be need to start rolling out. How will users be affected and what this means for the future of communication are essential questions.
Faster Downloads and Mobile Speed…Is There More To It?
It definitely is being branded as the next major turn in the communications story book that we’ve all been reading since Bell and his innovations. Perhaps the LTE Advanced chapter could spell a major boost in upload and download speeds, to a whopping 1 Gbps on the downlink and 500 Mbps on the uplink. Albeit, LTE Advanced has more to its technology than usual. Iyad Tarazi, VP of Network Development & Engineering for Sprint, summarizes, “The best way to describe LTE Advanced is to say it’s a long roadmap of capabilities after you launch the first set.”
The Revolution Plays Into Tablets: Enter the Apple iPad 3
According to a latest Bloomberg report, the iPad 3 tablet will support LTE networks and arrive in March. The report, which cited three unnamed sources familiar with the device, said that Apple will deliver an LTE iPad before an LTE iPhone because the tablet’s larger battery can more easily handle LTE’s power requirements. The timeframe resonance given off, looking at the prospective release dates, makes Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility as Apple’s likely choice for American-market lauchpads. Conversely, Sprint Nextel, which started selling the iPhone in October, is not expected to launch LTE service until mid-year. Its phenomenally interesting how a change in the overall communications framework will play out an entirely different market-battles terrain on the devices front.