4G Network Speed Record Smashed

PaulRubens on Wednesday August 31, 2016 at 09:58:06 AM

4G Network Speed Record Smashed

A Finnish network operator has achieved record-breaking speeds on a 4G mobile data network.

(CCM) — Finnish mobile operator Elisa has smashed the 4G network speed record by building a network that can transfer data at up to 1.9 Gigabits per second (Gbps), according to a BBC report. The company achieved the record-breaking speeds this month on a test network using equipment supplied by China-based Huawei, the world's largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer. 4G networks typically offer speeds of less than 100 Megabits per second (Mbps), but Elisa's fastest commercial 4G network speed is currently 300 Mbps. The company is planning to roll out a high speed 4G network in Finland offering speeds of up to 1 Gbps within the next two to three years, says the BBC.

Researchers at the University of Surrey's 5G Innovation Centre in the U.K. have already demonstrated network speeds of one Terabit per second (Tbps) using 5G mobile network technology. If networks offering that level of performance become available commercially, then users will be able to download entire Blu-ray movies onto their phones in under one second. 5G networks are still in the early stages of development, and public 5G mobile networks are not expected to become widespread for at least five years.

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