The GSM Association, a worldwide trade body made up of GSM wireless carriers, told mobile news that 4G LTE wireless will reach 100 Mbps. They are apparently in a provocative mood too, because not only do they claim 4G LTE will reach 100 Mbps, but will do so before wireline FTTH networks do so commercially. Dan Warren, GSMA director of technology tells mobile news, “Tests show LTE can produce speeds up to 186 Mbps, but obviously you never get the top speed and they vary with distance from the base station and interference.” These comments were placed in the context of European and Asian markets, but if they are indeed more than just boastful claims, competitive implications will surely be felt worldwide. Wireline broadband carriers will have some time to perfect their competitive response. Even by the GSM Association’s eternally optimistic timelines, we likely won’t see these type speeds until 2012 in Europe, and even later in the U.S.
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