When will we see an LTE iPhone 4G? 2010 or sooner?
iPhonAsia comment: LongTerm Evolution (LTE) 4G technology in a new iPhone could mean insanely fast speeds … as high as 150Mbps download and upload speeds as high as 50Mbps … about 100x more bandwidth (much faster) than most 3G networks. LTE networks are not that far off … as soon as 2010 in Europe. China Mobile plans to have their own “indigenously innovated” TD-LTE 4G network by 2011.
A baseband interface is also built-in, the company notes.
The advancement would let future smartphones and other portables download information as quickly as 150Mbps in ideal conditions and upload at 50Mbps, or roughly 100 times the bandwidth of most recent 3G connections. HSPA+ would also let devices on more near-term network upgrades connect at up to 21Mbps (potentially 42Mbps) without the significant changes that LTE requires.
Infineon doesn’t outline a release schedule but says it will already have samples and tests available at the Mobile World Congress show, which starts in February.
While its suitability is uncertain at this early stage, SMARTi LU potentially sets the groundwork for future iPhones. Since launch, the handset line has used Infineon transceivers. Although a recent rumor suggests Apple may switch to Broadcom, the latter has yet to introduce more than a basic HSPA radio and currently presents a limited upgrade path. Carriers in the US and abroad are expected to quickly adopt faster cellular data within the next two years, with HSPA+ launching on AT&T this year and LTE appearing on Bell, Telus, Verizon, Vodafone and other carriers in 2010.