Vodafone launched its 4G LTE network in Australia a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been able to test out its speeds using a Vodafone SIM card and a 4G capable Samsung Galaxy S4 device.
Thus far, on what is still an uncongested network, I’ve been able to get speeds on the well-known speedtest.net app of 50 megabits and faster, able to download the 2-plus gigabyte Windows 8.1 preview in as little as 10 minutes, which is truly astounding – I’ve never downloaded anything that fast on any network, wired or wireless!!
Ever faster wired and wireless speeds are in our future, and while Vodafone’s new 4G network is absolutely one of the very fastest on Planet Earth at the moment, even faster 4G networks beckon.
The upgrade to today’s 4G LTE networks is known as LTE-A, or “long term evolution – advanced”.
No Australian telco has upgraded to LTE-A as yet, but it’s expected that Telstra will start doing so sometime later this year, and no doubt Optus and Vodafone have LTE-A on their roadmaps, too.
The first telco to upgrade to LTE-A is South Korea Telecom, couple with a new LTE-A capable Galaxy S4 launched to work with this “world’s fastest LTE-A network”.
South Korea Telecom is also reportedly in talks with Apple to produce an LTE-A compatible version of the next iPhone, expected to be dubbed the iPhone 5S.