Five Things You Need to Know About LTE
- It really is fast. TeliaSonera, the Swedish carrier that in 2009 launched the first major commercial long-term evolution (LTE) service, delivered an average downstream speed of 33.4Mbps in informal tests last year. Verizon Wireless, which is using narrower spectrum bands, estimates that even on a fully loaded network, individual subscribers will get between 5Mbps and 12Mbps downstream and about 2Mbps to 5Mbps upstream.
- It has less delay. LTE networks have lower latency than earlier cellular systems, so packets are less delayed. This makes a difference when timing is important, such as when using voice over IP, streaming video or working on a virtual desktop. Verizon claims LTE cuts latency in half compared with its 3G network, and says LTE subscribers are seeing latency of about 30 milliseconds.