Telecom operators in the Middle East were among the last to jump on the 3G wagon. However, there seems to be a real change in sentiment and the new LTE 4G technology is getting high early adoption in the region. Local wireless carriers like Etisalat, Zain and STC have introduced LTE services. Another carrier Mobily has rolled out TD-LTE.
LTE wireless technology is said to achieve download speeds of up to 100Mbps. This is great news for smartphone users, that tend to use more applications, video and overall web browsing on their phones. The adoption of front facing cameras on so many new cellphone models has increased bandwidth demand as video chat has become more common. Something we like to use on a daily basis here at UnlockWorldwide.com.
Mobile carriers around the world have had to adapt to the surge in mobile bandwidth use, and in many cases have banned video chat services like Skype or Apple’s FaceTime until they can ramp up capacity. But with more and more devices hitting the market, and the new breed of tablet computing opening up a new market, it is clear that faster and more affordable ways of staying in communication are only going to grow in demand.
A key to not overloading the capacity of wireless networks with all these new devices, will be the ability of telecom carriers to switch bandwidth consumption back and forth from wireless to wireline services. In other words, your mobile device will pick up and use WiFi signals and only use wireless signals if nothing else is available. This could be a competitive advantage for those carriers that also offer landline fibre optic services and can provide WiFi signals in a wider variety of venues.
Australia has also jumped to adopt faster communications, and Telstra, a local wireless network, has launched LTE in more than 30 of its biggest cities and begun a campaign to increase sales of 4G capable devices from makers like HTC , Samsung and LG. It clear that bandwidth consumption is on the rise. How to deliver content using fast and efficient technology onto the so many new wireless handsets is clearly the name of the game.