NTT Docomo’s LTE network pre-launch starts today
NTT Docomo, Japan’s largest mobile operator, announced that it has started to verify its 4G / LTE network in the Tokyo area, in preparation for the full-scale commercial launch planned for December this year.
As of today, Docomo is testing the new network for “speed, latency, stability of inter-cell handover and other conditions required for commercial operation.”
According to the Japanese carrier, LTE devices used in the pre-launch operation support data transfers of up to 100 Mbps downlink, and up to 50 Mbps uplink. However, real-life speeds are expected to go up to 75 Mbps downlink and 25 Mbps uplink.
In the US, Verizon and MetroPCS are also planning to launch LTE networks by the end of 2010, with MetroPCS even hoping to introduce an LTE phone (Samsung r900) this year.
Via Press release