Quick Note: Vodafone CEO Says Only "Technofreaks" Want 4G
February 8, 2013 2:57 PM
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He said normal, everyday people wouldn't notice a difference between 3G and 4G
Vodafone's CEO referred to 4G connectivity as a feature that only "technofreaks" are worried about.
Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao discussed how UK digital communications company EE's 4G network has impacted
Vodafone's business in the UK
during a media conference call earlier this week.
According to Colao, customers wouldn't notice a difference between 3G data speeds using HSPA+ and 4G network speeds -- hence, 4G isn't a necessary network feature.
“I haven’t seen any figures but when I visited an EE store to see how fast it was all I saw was technofreaks in there," said Colao. "I haven’t heard any calls from friends, colleagues of businesses that we need this fast internet. With the increase in data speeds of HSPA+ (a faster version of 3G), an early LTE network won’t be much different.”
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2/9/2013 12:24:29 PM
I notice a big difference between my LTE iPad 3 and my older 3G iPad 2. Same thing between my LTE iPhone 5 and my 3G iPhone 4S.
There is no question that true LTE, even this first version, is much faster. Despite the unreliability of wireless, which includes WiFi, it's much faster than the fastest DSL, which tops out at 6Mbs. I'm getting between 11 Mbs and 25Mbs on my devices, with the iPad through AT&T and the iPhone through Verizon. Most cable services people get are between 10-15 Mbs, so this certainly competes well. Even with FIOS, most people choose the 15Mps service.
So called 4G isn't as fast, but can still be pretty good.
The problem with mobile speeds isn't the service right now, but the more limited capability of the low powered devices themselves, which limit the practical usable download speeds. As phones and tablets continue to get faster, so will their over the air performance. That's why we see big improvements in Internet browser tests each generation. Part of that is the software, and part is the hardware. In another few years, when cell speeds reach 100Mbs, And the hardware is much more capable, you'll find that it outperforms what you have at home by a good bit.
2/9/2013 12:47:32 PM
In another few years, when cell speeds reach 100Mbs
2/11/2013 10:07:25 AM
Maybe in your area, DSL is capped at 6mbps, but I have a 20mbps and my brother 1.5 miles away has 40m down/ 20 m up. I have LTE on my GNEX, and while it is nice, it is still not as responsive as my DSL. There are places where I can get faster speed, but many places it is at best a wash.
With what the providers are charging for data, I am not sure I want any faster connections at this point. 100MBps would mean I would hit a cap in 20minutes instead of 2 hours.
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