U.S. carriers have really stepped up their game with the push with 4G and LTE spectrum with new Smartphones and Tablets, T-Mobile most recently expanded their 4G network in the US as well as showcased their network at CES, and moreover Verizon has stated that every smartphones from now on will be LTE enabled spectrum licenses from big cable companies including Cox, Time Warner and Comcast. With the push for all new 4G data the question comes to ask just how much data and speeds is these new spectrum carry? Mark Lowenstein, managing director for consulting and advisory firm Mobile Ecosystem, gives s the stats on what it really all means.
LTE’s main ability to allow more data a cheaper prices, for users and carriers pushes carriers to invest into the new LTE Spectrum. Not only can these data speeds handle mobile data such as email but video speeds and frame rates have increased with shortened download times.
“As a result of trying to manage the spectrum they have, wireless carriers have kept their 4G pricing relatively conservative,” he says. “Significantly more spectrum will allow them to be more aggressive with regards to video.”
But while the carriers are scrambling trying to get more spectrum for their LTE networks, it’s useful to step back and examine just what spectrum they already have and what they’ll need in the future to deliver ubiquitous 4G service across the United States as mobile users seek to view and exchange more video and other bandwidth-hogging content.
LTE networks run on frequencies in the 700MHz to 2.5GHz range, though spectrum on lower frequencies is preferable for carriers since it can maintain signal strength over longer distances, meaning carriers can cover more people while building less infrastructure. Verizon clearly gives the best speeds from the data.