Technically speaking, most of the wireless networks currently being marketed as 4G or LTE fall short of the 4G specification. The marketing spin eventually won, and the ITU agreed to call things like WiMAX and HSPA+ “4G”.
Now Altair Semiconductor is blazing trails with a new mobile broadband speed record. The Altair Semiconductor TD-LTE chipset, integrated in a commercial USB dongle, achieved download speeds of more than 100Mbps in a live over-the-air demonstration.
“We are very proud of this achievement, which allows our customers to strongly differentiate their products in the market,” said Eran Eshed, Co-Founder and VP of Marketing and Business Development at Altair Semiconductor. “It is important to understand that this figure is achievable on any of the tens of thousands of Altair-based commercial terminals in the market, in most practical TD-LTE field deployment scenarios globally. This unique capability substantially upgrades the service offerings of TDD carriers and allows them to offer similar user experiences as FDD carriers.”
Maybe we will soon have real 4G devices running on real 4G networks. Then, the only remaining challenge will be how to avoid overages on data caps when streaming data at 100mbps.