You may or may not be aware that there is a great deal of excitement about the speed of Verizon’s new(-ish) LTE wireless data network. In fact, we wrote about it a few months ago when we posted the results of a test by PC Magazine declaring Verizon’s LTE the fastest 4G network. Our own speed test with a Pantech modem found download and upload speeds in excess of 7Mbps. All of this may leave you wondering whether you should dump your home internet connection and just get an LTE connection for your home data needs. Well, a group of tech bloggers from the The Verge decided to do just that: ditch their home connections (temporarily) and rely on Verizon’s LTE Network for their home connection. Their results are detailed in the linked article along with a really handy short description of what LTE is and how it works (if you’re so inclined).
The upshot is that while LTE is pretty reliably fast, the devices that give you access to the network are really a generation to early to rely on for a permanent connection. They tend to vary greatly in access and even the best ones tend to drop 4G connectivity randomly and get stuck in 3G mode. The article does claim that new generation chipsets from Qualcomm and others are nearing release and should solve many of those problems. In fact, Verizon plan to relay more and more heavily on the LTE wireless network in the future. They will soon be offering their own version of a home 4G connection as an adjunct to their FiOS product and they will be moving their wireless voice communications to a Voice-over-LTE configuration over time which will allow them to phase out some of the older equipment in favor of wider 4G coverage.
Needless to say, this will have interesting applications moving forward in the Optimization options available to our clients and these trends will continue to expand the potential alternative options.