Category 9 4G trial reaffirms potential of tomorrow’s mobile infrastructure
4G got off to a bit of a slow start in terms of UK adoption – perhaps due to over-inflated pricing and the delay caused by the decision to auction off different network bands. However, EE alone has now launched 4G in 229 towns and cities across the UK – with the aim of hitting 98% network coverage by the end of 2014.
Furthermore, a recent announcement from EE, Huawei and Qualcomm has breathed fresh life into the enthusiasm caused by 4G. The mobile giants combined to conduct a successful trial of category 9 4G technology – topping download speeds of 410Mbp/s.
For non tech-heads, that’s absolutely staggering. If the average HD movie uses around 5-10GB, using cat 9 4G you could download a full HD movie on your mobile in between 10-25 seconds. Then work a month’s overtime to pay for it, presumably.
To set this in context, we’re currently in the category 4 stage in terms of the network roll out as it stands – and the best speeds you can expect to see from the 4G network available to us right now is about 150Mb/s.
These breakneck network speeds of category 9 and later category 10 will make an appearance this year. One area in particular where ‘next-gen 4G’ should have a registered impact is in the connected car industry – where the debate rages on as to where the network to support the myriad of connections and communications necessary for an intelligent transport system will come from.
The other obvious area a network packing this sort of punch can radically change is mobile working – allowing users to handle even greater levels of multimedia communications and content on mobile devices.
So, while one suspects that it might take some time before we see ‘dizzying’ speeds described by Rich Trenholm for CNET, the trial has reaffirmed the true potential of 4G technology. Although, the conversation in this arena is shifting to 5G already, and this is likely to be a big talking point at MWC 2015.