Hi Alan, excellent video! I was aware of the ITU "deal" to "broaden" 4G definition for operators' benefit, but Apple's collusive participation is scandalous, though not surprising! So now we have 4G iPhones! Fantastic!
But I would also note that plain LTE was not 4G technology anyway, it was LTE-A(dvanced) that ITU had ratified (together with Wimax 2 or .16m).
Now they accept pretty much everything as 4G, to the confusion of consumers. I guess the 3G bubble didn't teach us a lesson?
AT&T and T-Mobile for months have been confusing consumers by calling their HSPA and HSPA+ networks "4G." T-Mobile proclaims it's "America's largest 4G network." It's faster the EDGE, but it's not LTE, and the latency is often significantly greater.
Also, HSPA+ has different data rates, ranging in a few increments from, I think, 14.4Mbps to 42Mbps, and conceivably even faster with new technology. This is all the theoretical maximum, not real world speeds. Also, different speeds are available from the same cellular operator in different parts of the country, so "4G" might be 14.4Mbps in one city and 42.Mbps in another city.
I think Verizon advertises LTE downloads at real world rates of 5Mbps to 12Mbps. Those are pretty accurate.
Thanks for the video blog, Alan. The effort to make 3G into 4G continues as it has foryears. Perhaps even the advent of full 4G will go unnoticed once it really happens, since so many will think it already occurred!
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