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Motorola Launches UK Next Gen LTE Mobile Broadband Trial

Posted: 02nd Feb, 2009 By: MarkJ
Motorola has launched its first LTE (Long-Term Evolution, 4G) next generation Mobile Broadband trial network and testing lab in Swindon. The new lab began its life today with a live, standards compliant LTE call during which high-speed data services were streamed using Motorola's LTE infrastructure operating in the 2.6GHz spectrum and a prototype LTE device:

"Motorola is at the forefront of 4G development which will address the mobility demands of today's consumers who are looking for personalized media experiences and operators looking to lower their cost per bit and gain a competitive advantage," said Joe Cozzolino, senior vice president and general manager, Motorola Home & Networks Mobility, EMEA & Asia Pacific. "With our latest trial network we look forward to working closely with our customers in EMEA as they transition to LTE during 2009 and beyond."

LTE is currently believed to be the most likely candidate to replace existing HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) based 3G Mobile Broadband services, which can only operate at up to a theoretical 14.4Mbps (HSPA+ can take this to 42Mbps) downstream.

By comparison LTE has the potential to reach 326Mbps downstream, though in reality end users would probably only ever experience a service in single figured Megabits per second (Mbps). Meanwhile a big question remains over how mobile operators will afford the extra capacity.
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