Ultra-fast speeds with LTE

4G mobiles now benefit from enhanced connectivity with Long Term Evolution (LTE), the latest mobile technology welcomed with open arms by operators looking to offer new services to end users. We caught up with Gianni Uglietti, LTE Product Manager at Morpho, to find out more...

What does LTE offer?
The mobile telecommunications sector is characterized by an ownership rate of over 90%, the mobile internet boom and an ever-increasing number of connected devices, with more connected devices than people recorded in 2012. LTE technology therefore offers a new benchmark, one that provides more speed and reduced latency. The ultimate goal is to enhance the experience for customers and develop new services for operators.

What benefits does LTE offer to operators?
LTE features all of the connectivity capabilities offered by 3G networks, with additional enhanced messaging, multimedia and telecommunications services also available. With 4G, operators can offer better services and improved quality for indoor use, thanks to the deployment of femtocells – a type of base station – in domestic and public environments (stations, airports and shopping malls). This high-speed communication technology intended for end users is in phase with actual needs, as 87% of mobile traffic is generated within buildings.

What does LTE mean to Morpho?
LTE technology is a priority development area for Morpho, as our newly developed SIM card – SIMply LTE – intended for these new generation mobiles boasts several benefits. It is compatible with existing GSM networks (2G, 3G) and provides secure access to fourth generation VoIP[[Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) lets you use the Internet to make and receive calls.]] services. LTE technology automatically detects and latches on to a connection when you are within the vicinity of a femtocell or Wi-Fi network.
This new SIM card also gives operators an opportunity to develop their applications, giving them greater control over the services offered to end users using their networks. Application updates will therefore be better than ever before.
In 2012, there were 145 LTE networks in operation, mainly in North America (51%) and Asia-Pacific (45%). Over 200 networks went live in mid-2013, with further developments underway on all continents.

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[1] Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) lets you use the Internet to make and receive calls.