First LTE network delivers 12Mbps

Posted on Thursday, January 28 2010 @ 5:16 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Swedish telecom company TeliaSonera has recently launched the first LTE mobile network. Bit Tech reports the service delivers download speeds of up to 12Mbps, a far cry from the 100Mbps that was promised at the launch of the service.

Not all is bad though, tests carried out with a Samsung GT-B3710 LTE modem reveal the network delivers upload speeds of up to 5Mbps, more than what many wired broadband customers receive.
While 12Mb/s sustained throughput is precisely what Nokia promised from their RD-3 4G modem, there has to be a certain disappointment felt from the fact that the promised 100Mb/s peak speeds are nowhere to be seen.

The company also make mention in their report of "rather frequent drops in service, even at locations where the signal strength indicators were maxed out just a second earlier," which could be put down to the immaturity of the LTE network - hopefully it's something that will improve as the area covered increases. The dropouts were so bad at one point that the company made the decision to use the HSPA modem that was provided free of charge as part of their packages, which provided similar downstream bandwidth "but without the drops."

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