Feeds

EU to pour €18m into next, next generation mobile

Long Term Evolution not long term enough

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The European Union is planning to invest €18m in the next generation of the Long Term Evolution standard, promising 1Gb speeds to those unhappy with the 100Mb/sec available from LTE.

The funding becomes available from the start of next year and the ARTIST4G consortium will be spending September deciding how to divvy up the loot between companies interested in taking LTE to the next level before the existing version is even deployed.

The EU is justifiably proud of its wireless funding, having poured money into GSM (which has paid off nicely) and LTE, which could yet prove useful - but it's hard to see the application for 1Gb speeds on a mobile phone right now. Surely it's not necessary to "turn mobile phones into powerful mobile computers", as Ms. Reding puts it in the release.

Those speeds are, of course, top end and largely unachievable in the real world, but even a tenth of that would surely be enough for the most profligate YouTube user. But laptops and tablets might appreciate it, and LTE's aspirations also encompass fixed wireless and backhaul, where 1Gb/sec is a perfectly reasonable data rate.

LTE is really about flexibility: providing everything from long-range narrow band transmissions to huge data rates transmitted across great swathes of frequency, with the next generation version of the latter offering the potential for a 1Gb data rate - and who wouldn't want to download the El Reg home page in two thousandths of a second to a mobile phone? ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.