Real world LTE tests done in Austria with 20 cell towers: 4.4 megabytes/sec down, 21 ms ping

T-Mobile has been performing a few real world LTE tests in Vienna, Austria (not the city of Fucking, Austria) to get a better idea of what the technology is capable of. It’s one thing to setup a single LTE tower and then be the only one connected to it, giving you ungodly results of over 170 megabits per second, but what about the real world? Towers are often interfering with each other, and that degrades performance, not to mention there is usually more than one person connected to a tower at a given time, unless you live in the forest or something. With 20 LTE towers setup, using the 2.6 GHz frequency, a downlink speed of 35 megabits/sec (4.37 megabytes/sec) and an uplink speed of 31 megabits/sec (3.88 megabytes/sec) was achieved, all while being able to ping a server setup at T-Mobile’s headquarters in only 21 milliseconds compared to an HSPA network where it is over 100 ms. This was done using a 20 MHz wide carrier, unlike the current 5 MHz wide carrier used today in HSPA networks. If we do some simple maths, that would mean if operators simply upgraded their HSPA equipment to LTE equipment today, we can expect 8.75 megabits down (1.09 megabytes/sec) and 7.75 megabits up (0.97 megabytes/sec), all while still enjoying that deliciously low ping time.

Now before you start drooling, let me remind you that LTE is a long ways off from launching, and even when it does it is going to be an even longer ways off until you’re going to have a mobile phone with an LTE radio inside. The first LTE devices will most likely be USB dongles hanging off laptops. A Nokia N/Eseries device or an iPhone with LTE is easily a 2012 thing. Start saving your pennies because it isn’t going to be cheap.

[Via: Wireless Moves]

  • Thomson

    I read mobil Sweden yesterday and it says

    The EU notes in a new report that Sweden and Norway looks to be first with the next step in mobile development: LTE, also known as 4G.

    LTE is initially up to 150 Mbit / second of speed for the mobile Internet. In the long run will LTE be able to provide up to as many as 1 gigabit per second speed.

    Already in the first half of 2010, Sweden and Norway have the 4G network accessible to ordinary users. Now the EU also spends money on new research next mobile standard – “LTE Advanced.”

    TeliaSonera in Norway and Sweden, and Telenor/Tele2 in Sweden – it is the earliest planned LTE networks. Germany, Ireland and Spain follow with LTE network in 2011. Seriously hit LTE can only be realized in 2012, according to the EU report.

    It was in 2004-2007 as the EU invested EUR 25 million in research money from LTE. Now, five years later, informs telecommunications commissioner Vivianne Reding, the European investments soon seem to bear fruit. At the same time announced that the EU decided to invest 18 million Euro in research on the next steps in the mobile telecom revolution: LTE Advanced.

    Even in Japan, USA and Canada are plans to launch LTE network in 2010.

  • ben

    sry. youre wrong. the current biggest LTE network in EUROPE isnt in VIENNA. its in Innsbruck, Tirol. (my city)

    60 cells up to 150 mbits. real world speed is about 30mbits in downstream.

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      do you have any links to back that up?

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