LTE Watch: Hello Tokyo

NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM) started testing its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Tokyo this week, as we run down what's happening in the world of proto-4G technology.

DoCoMo is hoping to hit 37.5 Mbit/s on the downloads and 12.5 Mbit/s on the uplinks with the test network. The operator aims to double these data speeds over time. The operator plans to sell data cards that support LTE initially for the network but is promising phones in 2011. DoCoMo will launch the service commercially in Tokyo in December and cover half the population of Japan by 2014. (See DoCoMo's LTE Warm-Up.)

Here's a video from DigInfo showing off some of the LTE technology DoCoMo is working on:

  • Fierce Wireless reports that the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) is now saying that 80 operators will deploy LTE networks in 33 countries. In April, 64 operators were committed to LTE, according to the association. The GSA predicts that 22 LTE networks will be on by the end of 2010.

  • In the meantime, Infonetics Research Inc. surveyed 17 international operators and found that 82 percent of them plan on deploying LTE. Before they move to LTE, 53 percent plan to deploy the faster 3G HSPA+ upgrade first. LTE deployments are expected to peak between 2012 and 2014.

  • Allied Business Intelligence Inc. (ABI) analysts are suggesting this week that most carriers will move to metered billing when they deploy LTE.

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    — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

  • paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:32:26 PM
    re: LTE Watch: Hello Tokyo


    For LTE, you should write...Japan, Always the first...behind Scandanavia.



    fakharu 12/5/2012 | 4:32:26 PM
    re: LTE Watch: Hello Tokyo

    When it comes to the latest and trendiest, Japan is always the one... Good going DoCoMo..

    joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:32:23 PM
    re: LTE Watch: Hello Tokyo

    Yeah, DoCoMo is still going to be among the first to launch LTE by the looks of things.

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