LTE Will Remain Even After 5G Fully Emerges
LTE, also known as 4G, is the current network speed available for customers with mobile devices. An upgrade to 5G is right around the corner, but many experts believe that LTE will still be around when this happens. Those experts also believe that LTE will be even better than it is now once 5G emerges on the market.
According to ABI Research, global subscribers to LTE total 2 billion right now. By 2022, that number is expected to increase to 4 billion, or more than half of the world’s population. The director of ABI Research, Nick Marshall, said the following:
“Gigabit LTE appeared this month in Telstra’s network, and we expect more than 15 mobile operators to be offering Gigabit speed services to their subscribers by the end of 2017. This is a significant development, and one that will lead to the birth of new use cases from the increase in data speed available to end users.”
ABI Research also estimates that the amount of data users consume each month will increase from today’s amount of 1.2 GB to 5.7 GB by 2022. Today, networks operating with LTE carry 67 percent of mobile traffic worldwide. That number is expected to balloon to 82 percent by 2022. At that time, 5G will only account for 13 percent of worldwide mobile traffic.
To coincide with the explosion of LTE and then the emergence of 5G, 2G and 3G networks are starting to disappear. ABI Research stated that these two networks are currently in their second straight year of decline and it will only continue moving forward.
Even though 5G is going to be released soon, it will not be a widespread release that moves users from LTE to 5G. Instead, it is expected to take at least a decade for 5G to rule the mobile world as LTE will offer almost the exact same benefits as a 5G network, but the LTE networks operating now will not be the same come 2022.
Carriers across not only the country, but the world, have been installing updates to improve speed. Many are using multiple frequency bands at the same time in an effort to improve speed and move it to gigabit speed, which ABI Research estimates will be available from at least 15 companies by the time 2017 comes to an end.
People with mobile devices in rural areas will likely continue to use LTE for quite some time after 5G is released. The reason for this is that the technology used by 5G is not yet ready to help the signal travel as far as LTE frequencies. Urban and other dense areas will use 5G because these networks will be designed to millimeter-wave signals. Despite this difference, users who travel from urban to rural areas will not notice much of a change in network speed.
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