10 Things You Need to Know About LTE

Since everybody likes lists, here are the 10 things you need to know about the 4G technology known as Long-Term Evolution, or LTE, standard.

  1. It began in 2004 as the next-generation networking technology pushed by the 3GPP
  2. It’s fast — with peak data rates of 1o0 Mbps down and 50 Mbps up
  3. It makes CDMA and GSM debates moot
  4. It offers both FDD and TDD duplexing, which means the upload and download speeds don’t have to be synchronous, so operators can better optimize their networks to use more upload channels
  5. It won’t be deployed until 2010 or so
  6. Verizon is testing it with Motorola equipment, and AT&T has backed it too
  7. LTE will have lower latency, which makes real-time interaction on high band-width applications using mobiles possible
  8. It competes against WiMax, and some want to subsume WiMax into it
  9. China Mobile is testing it, which means China may skip 3G networks altogether
  10. While it will make mobile data faster, it may not bolster sales of networking gear