The implementation of 4G communication technology will allow mobile carriers to handle the significant mobile data traffic growth of the following years, or so claims Dragos Chivu, Nokia Siemens Networks Romania general manager. The official also mentioned that operation costs will go down, thanks to the new technology.
Nokia predicts a 300 fold growth of mobile data traffic by 2015, so the introduction of 4G/LTE technology becomes more of a requirement. LTE is more efficient and allows the operators to cut costs and bring more benefits to the consumer.
If the companies in this field will continue to invest in developing 2G and 3G networks, they won’t be able to gain enough profit, as opposed to investing in LTE, that will bring more income and allow the carriers to spend less on infrastructure. In case you’re not familiar with the Long Term Evolution (LTE), this wireless communication technology provides speeds of up to 170 Mbps, 10 times more than 3G networks.
As we speak, the technology is being tested in Finland, Germany, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK and it’ll reach commercial status in Sweden and Norway in the first half of 2010.