LTE Is The Next Generation – 4G is Arguable
For those who are unfamiliar with data network terminology, LTE stands for Long Term Evolution:
3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) is a standard in the mobile phone network technology tree that produced the GSM/EDGE and UMTS/HSPA network technologies. It is a project of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), operating under a name trademarked by one of the associations within the partnership, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.
The current generation of mobile telecommunication networks are collectively known as 3G (for “third generation”). Although LTE is often marketed as 4G, first-release LTE does not fully comply with the IMT Advanced 4G requirements. The pre-4G standard is a step toward LTE Advanced, a 4th generation (4G) standard of radio technologies designed to increase the capacity and speed of mobile telephone networks. LTE Advanced is backwards compatible with LTE and uses the same frequency bands, while LTE is not backwards compatible with 3G systems.
As you can see from the above, there’s still some debate on whether LTE is actually 4G – some of IMT Advanced 4G requirements are that users in trains and cars should be able to achieve 100Mbps and stationary users should be able to connect at 1Gbps.
Therefore given the aforementioned, Hong Kong’s 1010 LTE D-C Mobile Data Network, where 1010 claim to be the world’s first, is not 4G because it’s maximum speed for all users including stationary is 100Mbps.
Regardless of this point, 100Mbps is unbelievably fast for a mobile broadband network!
To put things in context, go to http://www.speedtest.net and test your current data connection. Once done record it somewhere.
Now look at the below:
Boom! This was DOUBLE the speed I was able to achieve on the Telstra Bigpond Ultimate USB Modem that I tested a few months back.
Please tell me if you can get this type of connection on your 3G / 4G connection! I’ve used it in various locations in Hong Kong and I get an average of around 20Mbps.
Setup On CSL 1010 4G LTE USB Modem Was Easy
When I got my 4G LTE USB Modem, I was told that I was the first to get mine and that the network had only opened up to the public that day so despite the super easy installation on both Mac OS X and Windows 7 (I dual boot) I wasn’t able to connect to the network until 5 hours later. Having worked in the telcommunications industry for most of my IT career, I’m fully aware of the post-launch hiccups that can occur! So disregarding the initial network connectivity issue, setup of the CSL 1010 4G LTE USB Modem was a total breeze. The software used is your general data connectivity app which shows data settings, status and also allows one to send and receives SMSes.
CSL 1010 4G LTE Pricing Makes Australian Carriers Look Silly
After landing in Hong Kong, I’ve found CSL, Hong Kong’s premium network and partly owned by Telstra, more than satisfies my data needs. What’s more their data pricing is a lot cheaper! For example, I pay around AU$50 per month for unlimited data and approximately AU$20 per day (unlimited data) when roaming overseas at one of CSL’s partners. Compare this to to Telstra who charge me AU$69.95 per month for 12GB and charge AU$15 per MB when roaming overseas – Optus data roaming charges are even more ridiculous, charging AU$20 per MB. Just put clarify things a bit more, on a normal day browsing the web, emailing and social media overseas which takes around 300MB for me, that would cost around AU$6,000 per day (Optus rates).
Again let me re-iterate, the same day’s of international roaming with CSL Hong Kong would cost only AU$20 and I get UNLIMITED Data.
Congratulations to CSL 1010 Hong Kong for leading the world, especially Asia in successfully implementing cutting data technology and at such a great price!
(big thank you also for reducing my lag while gaming!)