In a bid for faster speeds leading Mobile network operators have been carrying out 4G trials to improve speed and reliability, with EE’s LTE-A 4G+ network reportedly supporting downloads at 410Mbps.
According to recent LTE Category 9 testing, the first of its kind, aims to greatly improve mobile broadband speeds across large areas in Europe.
Long Term Evolution (LTE) is the high speed wireless broadband technology behind the initial roll out of 4G mobile networks. LTE-A is the latest evolution that will bring the genuine 4G experience to the networks users. LTE-A will support roaming internet access via mobile devices while providing an on-line experience similar, or better than that offered by broadband in the home. This will bring with it a significant increase in mobile data demand and faster download speeds for all.
With its architecture based on Internet Protocol (IP) unlike many other cellular internet protocols, LTE can also support browsing Web sites, VoIP and other IP-based services well.
Although the trials suggest LTE can support downloads at 410Mbps, the actual network bandwidth available to an individual LTE subscriber sharing the service provider’s network with other customers is significantly less.
Currently LTE-A service is only available in limited geographic areas. Telecommunications providers have been actively expanding their LTE services but consumers are still waiting for the full roll out of LTE-A. If the providers can supply the technology, networks and devices in the second half of 2015, we’ll be able to download apps on our phones significantly faster than most fixed-line home connections. Whether the current consolidation of the mobile network industry across the EU accelerates this process is still to be seen. As suggested on http://www.digitaltrends.com, it is also not yet known whether carriers will charge a premium for these services.
Demand for Apps
With this step change in band-width there will be an increasing demand for more sophisticated and powerful apps to be available across a wider range of devices.
This will deliver both benefits and challenges to app developers. App development will continue to be a growth sector. However, for apps to be truly successful in this increasingly competitive space there will be growing pressure to ensure products are stable, high quality and scalable. As the 4G network reaches its full potential, then the apps that run on it will be expected to take full advantage of the network.
To deal with this challenge many app developers are turning to testing companies such as http://www.bugfinders.com/mobile to help with their quality assurance. Third-party mobile app testing of this kind can help companies ensure their customers have the best possible experience when using their products.
With the market for mobile devices changing so frequently it can also be difficult for software development houses to test their products across a wide enough range of handsets and tablets. Third party testing companies can help with this too is as they are able to carry out in-depth testing of both an app’s quality and its performance across a wider range of browsers and devices than is available to the in-house development team. For ambitious development teams this not only helps to build a better product but will also ensure that their apps can reach the widest possible audience.