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NTT DoCoMo Launching 150 Mbps LTE Service
by Karl Bode 08:50AM Monday Jul 29 2013
The United States may be dominating in terms of total LTE connections, but Japan and South Korea are once again leading the way on speed. NTT DoCoMo says they're soft-launching their new "Xi" LTE service this week in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, where users will be able to obtain downstream speeds up to 150 Mbps and upstream speeds up to 50 Mbps (though such theoretical speeds will never of course be obtained on a loaded network). The company will proceed to offering the speedy service starting in October in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

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I would comment...

...but that would be like beating a dead horse.

Austin, TX
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We will have this soonish

T-Mobile post-MetroPCS and Verizon will both have enough AWS spectrum to do 20x20 FD-LTE...which is what NTT is using here...though they haven't deployed any of that quite yet.

Sprint will get somewhat close to these speeds very, very soon with its TD-LtE rollout in band 41. When they start aggregating 20MHz channels then download speeds will meet or beat what NTT is able to do. Look for that next year, about the time TMo and VZW are doing 20x20 FD in full force.

Believe it or not, the US isn't as far behind on wireless tech as one might be led to believe. Just pricing, and nationwide availability of that tech...though I'm typing this from an iPad sitting on VZW LTE on a state road in rural NW Arkansas.

Dallas, TX


I gotta wonder, can any of the devices on the market today even handle that much speed? I had FiOS with 85 down and 35 up and only saw my phone ever once utilize 50Mbps over WiFi (mostly around 25 - 35Mbps) So I'm kind of thinking that really anything over 50Mbps would be hard for the device to keep up with, but as I've had little experience with LTE over 15Mbps (Thanks Verizon Wireless.....) I guess I really have no room to talk.

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. -Albert Einstein