Apple's iPhone 5 a mixed bag for European operators

Spotty availability of LTE at 1800MHz has made some operators winners and some losers

By , IDG News Service |  Networking

However, not all LTE networks on the 1800MHz band are created equally. The real-world speed in a wireless network depends on a number of different factors, but at its core the speed is dependent on the amount of spectrum used.

The current iteration of LTE needs 20MHz for download traffic and 20MHz for upload traffic to get maximum performance.

But EE and U.S. operators like Verizon Wireless only use half that much, so iPhone 5 users on those networks will only get half the potential bandwidth. That compares to the 26000MHz band, which may not have the same indoor coverage, but has room for operators to really let LTE fly.

These bandwidth issues will be resolved, according to Wood. The next version of the iPhone will have support for more LTE bands, he said.

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