News by Ricky Cadden on Tuesday August 12, 2008.
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MetroPCS recently announced that it would be using Long Term Evolution (LTE) for its upcoming 4G network. While MetroPCS currently operates its own CDMA network, LTE is on the upgrade path for GSM networks, meaning the move will be a technology shift for the carrier. It is hardly an unprecedented change, though, since both Verizon and Alltel announced similar CDMA to LTE upgrade plans earlier this year. GSM/UMTS based AT&T is also planning to use LTE.
LTE offers downlink speeds of up to 386Mbps, and upload speeds of nearly 86Mbps. Latency is also dramatically reduced, and LTE should offer more efficient use of spectrum licenses - one of the reasons CDMA carriers are turning to LTE. MetroPCS did not give any information as to when it would begin testing and rolling out this upgraded network.
Former news editor Ricky Cadden runs Symbian-Guru.com. Ricky is based in Texas.