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Replying to:  Any idea when Verizon is going to start deploying LTE-A? by Jayshmay   Mar 4, 2013, 11:25 AM

Re: The best answer: it doesn't really matter

by CellStudent    Mar 14, 2013, 5:03 PM

Current LTE deployments support speeds up to 25 Mbps (most people don't get quite that high, but today's LTE towers and handsets are capable of it). The most taxing thing 99.99% of users will ever, ever do with a wireless connection is watch an HD movie, which only requires about 10 Mbps.

That essentially means that for all non-industrial uses, LTE = LTA-a and no one will know the difference.

Now, if for some reason Pixar wanted to use a cellular connection as their primary internet access and they needed to upload an entire 2-hour filmbase from one site to another in in 10 minutes or less, they would see a benefit from doing that using an LTE-a connection. That's a pretty narrow market, and there are existing systems that give 1 - 3 GigaBits per second data streams for special use cases like the Pixars of the world (in my current job I'm building one right now, actually Cool ).

LTE-a also has some features that will allow more simultaneous users on a tower at one time, so that could have some de-congesting effects, but that in itself is not a compelling reason to adopt LTE-a on a wide scale when essentially the same benefit will come when 2G and 3G services can be shuttered and their spectrum re-mapped to have existing LTE technology put to use.

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