Netcom succeeded to connect to a commercial LTE-net, as the worlds’ first, just a few days ago. They did this by connecting a laptop to the Internet using a LTE-modem. Netcom have already several LTE-cells up running in Oslo. Netcom predicts their LTE-net to be fully commercial available in 2010 (in Oslo). The LTE-technology are delivered by Huawei and they work close together implementing the system.
Long Term Evolution (LTE) are often called 4G, the next generation mobile radio communication technology. This technology can theoretical provide you with 150 mbps which is amazing compared to Turbo 3G, the fastest mobile radio communication technology available today, with its’ 7,2 mbps!
The drawback with LTE is the high cost infrastructure because the limited range for each LTE-cell. I guess this technology will only be made available in the major cities the first years. Lucky for me I live in Oslo and hopefully I will be able to test the LTE-net soon. I wonder if Telenor will go for LTE-technology as well (I have read that Telenor will test the LTE-net this summer)?
I’m looking forward getting decent download/upload speeds on my mobile phone and on mobile broadband on my laptop. The future is bright:)