3.9G network hits 300Mbps
So this Swedish lady might hold the world record for the fastest home Internet connection on the planet, but you can bet your bottom Torrent that such technology, while workable in theory, won’t be making its way into your homes anytime soon. Forget about watching up to 1,500 High Definition channels simultaneously when a TV can’t even display that many screens, and your brain won’t be able to handle such information overload. What we have today is something much more achievable and will be made available to ordinary citizens like you and I when 2009 rolls around. Of course, this is currently limited to those living in the Land of the Rising Sun, but rest assured the Super G cellular service will be available worldwide after its debut in Japan.
The Super G cellular service that will be first tested in Tokyo is capable of hitting speeds of up to 300 Mbps – that is roughly up to 100 times faster than what the fastest 3G network can offer. What does this mean for the average Joe? No more lag when it comes to downloading and streaming videos, although I wonder how content will be charged with such ease and convenience to the end user. Apparently NTT DoCoMo has christened this new network Super G or 3.9G (the answer to why not move on to 4G directly still eludes me) and will be used as an intermediary before moving on to 4G. What’s 4G then – holograms ala Star Wars?
Tests of the Super G network will initially be confined to single base station and phone pairings, but will slowly expand to include multiple base stations performing hand offs. In due time, both stations and client side units will utilize a quartet of MIMO antennas each when nudging data along at upload and download speeds of 80Mbps and 300Mbps respectively. The Super G network uses several frequency bands, where some of them are 1.4, 3, 5, 10, 15 and 20 MHz. If you’re interested to know, standard 3G in Japan uses just the 5 MHz band.
Source: TG Daily