Country speeds 320500 towers running dual carrier LTE. Many Danes, much of the time, will see download speeds over 100 megabits as TDC upgrades to using 2 carriers and 40 MHz. The total capacity is 300 megabits, shared, and obviously lower as you get further from the towers. TDC's Peter Schleidt warns people to be realistic. "A client must not expect to get 300 Mbit / s or later 1 Gbit / s for herself." Gigabit speeds are part of LTE-Advanced Release 10 and will reach the field in a few years. 

If Denmark's experience is typical, most of that bandwidth will not be used 90+% of the time. That leaves plenty of capacity to deliver 100 megabits to the occasional user needing that speed. If you're close enough to the tower and have a good connection, over 100 megabits will be practical. I expect high speeds will be surprisingly common. Sharing works far better than I first thought and actual demand most of the time is surprisingly low. We won't know for sure until the network is fully loaded. It will vary enormously placed on place and time. It certainly will be far faster than, for example, Verizon's 5-12 megabits. 

Schliedt sees "4G+" as "a competitive factor when talking speed. ... [It] is also about to having enough capacity to handle customers' increasing data usage." Despite some fears about spectrum, nearly every major wireless network has increased speeds for several years. Cisco is confident speeds will continue to increase. 

 TDC proudly claims they are the fastest network in recent tests by Open Signal. (pr below and see chart)

 

        

2014

2014

2015

2016

2017

2019

CAGR
2014–2019

Global

Global speed: All handsets

 1,683

 1,747

 2,017

 2,629

 3,248

 3,963

9%

Global speed: Smartphones

 6,097

 6,899

 7,686

 8,468

 8,829

 10,403

11%

Global speed: Tablets

 8,697

 10,203

 10,907

 12,119

 12,403

 13,054

8%

By Region

Middle East & Africa

 582

 700

 742

 1,095

 1,577

 2,097

29%

Central & Eastern Europe

 1,620

 1,939

 2,353

 2,762

 3,167

 3,671

18%

Latin America

 1,378

 1,556

 1,781

 2,077

 2,463

 2,949

16%

Western Europe

 2,037

 2,452

 2,916

 3,408

 3,910

 4,687

18%

Asia-Pacific

 2,026

 2,233

 2,443

 2,730

 3,047

 3,509

12%

North America

 2,816

 3,052

 3,542

 4,299

 5,196

 6,399

18%

 

 

 

 

Press Release from TDC in Google translation

TDC ready for 4G +

2015-07-03 09:00

With 300 Mbit / s mobile broadband TDC is just now rolling out future mobile networks. With the so-called Carrier Aggregation technology it is possible to double the existing rate on a mobile network. This makes the world's fastest mobile network twice as fast when TDC opens up mobile internet speeds of 300 Mbit / s against the previous 150 Mbit / s.

For convenience, called Carrier Aggregation often 4G + because the technology is a further development of the already well-known 4G technology. Technically, 4G + that collects data streams from two frequency bands, and can double up on the speed, you can usually pull over 4G network. And it gives all the chance to draw theoretical data rates up to 300 Mbit / s. 

Otherwise, it's only a month ago that a global analysis concluded that TDC's 4G network is the world's fastest mobile network. However, the extremely high speeds with 4G + is not in itself a measure of the TDC.It's about the customers' user experience.

"4G + is not only a competitive factor when talking speed. That to gather data flows operation is also about to have enough capacity to handle customers' increasing data usage, and so can we with 4G +, "says Executive Vice President of TDC Operations Peter Schleidt.

Few mobiles supports far, however, only a few mobile phones that support the new technology. Therefore, it is still only a minority of customers who right now can feel the difference. But as that mobile phones, tablets and associated subscriptions also supports 4G +, the individual mobile user experience tremendous boost in the speed of mobile broadband.

Clients must not expect to get 300 Mbit / s or later 1 Gbit / s for itself.With mobile Internet is the capacity of each cell tower namely shared between the active users on the mast.

"It's the same principle as the expansion of highways. Several tracks in itself no higher speed. But it does mean that traffic flows better and with less queuing. More people can then get faster at the same time - the same goes with 4G +, however, lifted max speed continuously, "says Peter Schleidt.

Additional 4G upgrades on
next step for TDC's 4G + three frequencies, which means triple the data rate. Also this technology, TDC has been tested and is ready to open when mobile phones really supports it.

"We will not put our position as Denmark's best network of track, therefore we are already looking at new opportunities to improve its mobile network further. In addition, we are working to implement 4G + between different master. This means that the coverage of the new technology is further improved, "says Peter Schleidt.

4G + is already enabled on nearly 500 master across the country where customers may experience spot to spot coverage in key areas in Copenhagen, Aarhus, Odense, Aalborg and major cities such as Holstebro, Viborg, Esbjerg, Næstved and Slagelse. 

 

The world's fastest mobile network is Danish. It concludes a comprehensive test of all 97 different mobile networks worldwide.Worldwide consume TDC first place, while Denmark as a nation is in third place when analyzed across all four mobile networks in Denmark. It is the global analysis company Open Signal behind the test. Based on measurements from more than 330,000 users spread across all continents OpenSignals headquarters in London analyzed the Internet speeds recorded in all the world's 4G mobile network. With an average speed of over 27 Mbit / s comes TDC's new 4G network out as the clear # 1.

"TDC has invested so heavily in the mobile network over the past year that I actually not so surprised. It confirms what we can see both networks are being tested, but also in customer behavior on the Web.As we have upgraded network, data consumption just exploded, "says Executive Vice President of TDC Operations Peter Schleidt who has the ultimate responsibility for TDC's mobile network.

The fourth big test in 2015
The analysis from Open Signal is the fourth big test of all four Danish mobile network in 2015. Earlier this year concluded a nationwide survey from the National Institute of Technology, TDC, Denmark's best network measured across both speed and coverage. Shortly afterwards showed a great user-driven test of all mobile networks in Scandinavia, conducted by Finnish Jouiko that TDC had Scandinavia's fastest network. 

The third major test was a more technically comprehensive analysis by also Finnish Omnitele. Here was the conclusion also that TDC has Scandinavia's strongest network. And now Open Signal then concluded that users of TDC's mobile network is also the world's fastest network.

"First of all I am happy on behalf of customers. It is crucial that they are happy with and can rely on the network. But I am also proud and happy about the many TDC employees who, together with our partners in Huawei in such a short time has built up a network which is proven to be world class, "says Peter Schleidt with reference to TDC in March 2014 together with Huawei began a nationwide upgrade of the entire TDC's mobile network.

RESULTS PER NETWORK
  Networks Country Avg
1 TDC Denmark 27.5 Mbit / s
2 Vodafone Spain 23.6 Mbit / s
3 Singtel Singapore 22.8 Mbit / s
4 SGP-M1 Singapore 21.2 Mbit / s
5 Free France 20.8 Mbit / s
6 T-Mobile Netherlands 20.6 Mbit / s
7 DNA Finland 20.6 Mbit / s
8 Orange France 18.4 Mbit / s
9 Chungwa Telecom Taiwan 18.4 Mbit / s
10 Taiwan Mobile Taiwan 18.2 Mbit / s
RESULTS PER COUNTRY
  Country Avg
1 Singapore 24 Mbit / s
2 Chile 20 Mbit / s
3 Denmark 20 Mbit / s
4 Spain 18 Mbit / s
5 Hungary 16 Mbit / s
6 France 16 Mbit / s
7 Finland 16 Mbit / s
8 Taiwan 16 Mbit / s
9 Switzerland 15 Mbit / s
10 Australia 15 Mbit / s

dave askOn Oct 1, Verizon will turn on the first $20B 5G mmWave network, soon offering a gigabit or close to 30M homes. The estimates you hear about 5G costs are wildly exaggerated. Verizon is building the most advanced wireless network while keeping capex at around 15%.

The Koreans, Chinese, and almost all Europeans are not doing mmWave in favor of mid-band "5G," with 4G-like performance. Massive MIMO in either 4G or "5G" can increase capacity 4X to 10X, including putting 2.3 GHz to 4.2 GHz to use. Cisco & others see traffic growth slowing to 30%/year or less. Verizon sees cost/bit dropping 40% per year. I infer overcapacity almost everywhere.  

The predicted massive small cell builds are a pipe dream for vendors for at least five years. Verizon expects to reach a quarter of the U.S. without adding additional small cells. 

In the works: Enrique Blanco and Telefonica's possible mmWave disruption of Germany; Believe it or don't: 5G is cheap because 65% of most cities can be covered by upgrading existing cells; Verizon is ripping out and replacing 200,000 pieces of gear expecting to save half. 

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 5G Why Verizon thinks differently and what to do about it is a new report I wrote for STL Partners and their clients.

STL Partners, a British consulting outfit I respect, commissioned me to ask why. That report is now out. If you're a client, download it here. If not, and corporate priced research is interesting to you, ask me to introduce you to one of the principals.

It was fascinating work because the answers aren't obvious. Lowell McAdam's company is spending $20B to cover 30M+ homes in the first stage. The progress in low & mid-band, both "4G" and "5G," has been remarkable. In most territories, millimeter wave will not be necessary to meet expected demand.

McAdam sees a little further. mmWave has 3-4X the capacity of low and mid-band. He sees an enormous marketing advantage: unlimited services, even less congestion, reputation as the best network. Verizon testing found mmWave rate/reach was twice what had been estimated. All prior cost estimates need revision.

My take: even if mmWave doesn't fit in your current budget, telcos should expand trials and training to be ready as things change. The new cost estimates may be low enough to change your mind.