Swedish mobile carrier TeliaSonera launched the world’s first 4G/LTE (Fourth Generation/Long Term Evolution) network in 2010, finally allowing wireless data speeds to match those of fiberoptic landline broadband speeds. Speeds were tested at 100 MBps, but only have an actual user speed of around 15-25 MBps on a live network. With speeds such as these real time social networking and data transmissions were possible, taking the idea of a telephone to a new level, making them true multitasking devices.
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Source: Erick Schonfeld, “First 4G Mobile Network Launches. . . in Sweden,” Tech Crunch, http://techcrunch.com/2009/12/14/4g-mobile-network-sweden-teliasonera/ (accessed September 19, 2011).
Image Source: “4G LTE,” Cellular Sales Blog, http://cellularsalesblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/4G-LTE-stage.jpg (accessed December 12, 2011).