LG tests 100Mb/s download phone chip
A viable 4G technology?
LG has begun testing a mobile phone chip that could pave the way for download and upload speeds of, it claimed, up to 100Mb/s and 50Mb/s, respectively.
LG's 3GPP LTE chip and friends
The 13mm x 13mm chip was recently tested on a Windows Mobile device at an LG research lab in Korea. Although the part only managed a top download speed of 60Mb/s and an upload speed of 20Mb/s, both mark a vast improvement on anything possible using today's HSDPA technology.
LG’s chip is based on a mixture of existing WCDMA 3G technology and the 3GPP Long Term Evolutionary (LTE) specifications.
LG was quick to brand the chip a 4G technology and promised that, one day, its offering let you download a 700MB film to your phone in less than 60 seconds.
Dr Woo Hyun Paik, LG's CTO, claimed that a “commercially viable LTE handset is on the horizon” - the company’s estimated that the first LTE mobile phone will reach the market in 2010.
Phones embedded with such high-speed download/upload chips will only be worth your investment though if network providers are prepared to make the investment to upgrade their networks to cope with 3GPP LTE.
But LG claimed that because 3GPP LTE is based on WCDMA technology, network providers will be able to upgrade their networks at a lower cost than they would if moving to a rival ‘4G’ technology, such as WiMax.
huza for a glorious future
Mobile phone download speeds aren't about phones, it's about having the internet on your laptop or other device on the move, and yes the Backhaul will limit things, along with peak time loads and so on but the future will be something approaching broadband speeds for you laptop when your out and about. Don't be so cynical remember what the internet was like in the days of dial up, and when mobile internet was charged by the kilobyte.
Forget the mobile...
People are already using the 3G mobile based system now for there laptops and desktops (ok mostly laptops) over DSL and cable due to it being more reliable and readily available (ok once they whack up enough decent transmitters).
But what’s the use of this kind of bandwidth on a phone even if display technology gets good enough? it's a technology looking for a use. while using it on a laptop/desktop, or for a replacement for landlines? it will be a much more cost effective system than the big push with some buggered up BT fibre system which won't ever reach anyone outside a major city.
A step towards the MS/Googlesk cloudy everything future maybe? it's a possible.
Ethernet (Microwave) - Good for 100 to 500Mbps. Remember 64QAM in a low power omni-antenna phone in 20MHz scales pretty well on a highly directional 50MHz microwave radio dish.