Nokia achieves 173 Mbit/s in 4G mobile communications

Nokia achieves 173 Mbit/s in 4G mobile communications

As part of the test program for the further development of the third generation of cellular networks, which runs under the name 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) , Nokia was able to announce another success. In an urban environment, a maximum download rate of 173 Mbit/s was achieved using the 2.6 GHz band.

For the test, the engineers installed the prototype of a on the roof of the Heinrich Hertz Institute in the center of Berlin Base station for the ongoing LTE tests. In the chosen environment, the available bandwidth is typically reduced by interference. The successful test is seen by Nokia as proof that the future networks of the fourth generation (4G) do not need any new locations for base stations, as the previous UMTS infrastructure can still be used inexpensively.

In the future, however, the bandwidth of the networks will not be quite as high as in the tests - download rates of up to 100 Mbit are planned/s and upload rates of up to 50 Mbit/s. This would enable mobile download rates that are currently only available for private customers in a few places with a fiber optic connection . The upload would currently even exceed the bandwidth available with fiber optics by a factor of five.

But it will still be some time before the new generation of mobile communications begins: The 3GPP is currently planning to start commercial offers for 2010 - delays as usual not excluded. In the meantime, HSDPA and WiMAX are attracting bandwidth-hungry customers with steadily growing data rates and expansion areas. But above all the prices for the mobile broadband internet have to drop even further so that the breakthrough in the mass market can finally come.