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Ericsson hits 100Mbps for mobile broadband IRL

Imagine opening up your mobile browser and having the page load almost instantaneously. Or typing in a new link or clicking on a new page and having it load faster than you can say “What’s IRL?” By now, most of you are familiar with the testing that has been going on in Europe with LTE and the speeds they were able to reach even when driving at high speeds between base station to base station. In their latest test, Ericsson engineers hit 100Mbps in the real world under the best conditions possible. At worst, they were hitting 40Mbps at about 4 km away from the base. With EV-DO, Sprint and Verizon average speeds of anywhere between 800Kbps to 1.4Mbps, while AT&T has been hitting anywhere between 700Kbps to 1.7Mbps (for downstream, the high end for any of these carriers are seriously under the most optimal conditions). Word has been that carriers are planning on rolling out LTE as soon as 2010, but don’t hold your breath as carriers were saying they’d be ready for 3G in ’04 and ’05. Even now the 3G footprint in the U.S. isn’t that great but we do have something tasty to look forward to.