The end of wired networks?

September 28, 2012 § 1 Comment

Yesterday we performed a small network performance test in our office with the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S. We turned off WiFi on both phones. Both phones were using the AT&T network. Using Speedtest, the iPhone 4S registered a ping time of 100+ms and a bandwidth of 0.75Mbps. The iPhone5 registered a ping time of 40ms and a bandwidth of 14.5Mbps download and 3 Mbps upload. The LTE network is roughly 20 times faster than the 3G/4G network. But that’s not the only surprising thing.

The iPhone5 performance is very similar to what I get at home on my Comcast cable modem. I saw a report that somebody in New Jersey had seen 50Mbps download speeds. I think the LTE speeds are substantially faster than the DSL speeds in our neighborhood – folks are glad to see a 3Mbps download speed on DSL.

If LTE were more widely available, or even available in my home area, why would I buy cable or DSL internet? Why not buy a wireless router, such as Netgear MBR1515, that connects directly to LTE? Has anyone tried this?

Is this the end of wired networks at home?

§ One Response to The end of wired networks?

  • Rakesh Kumar says:

    dsl will be replaced by ftth, which is what lte should be compared to. lte like cable is a shared connection and therefore may have scale issues esp for b2c multimedia, unicast apps. therefore, rather than end of wired networks, it is transformation (to ftth) that is inevitable

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