The fastest mobile 4G network speed record has been broken by Finnish Firm Elisa. Speeds on a text network by this firm were recorded at 1.9 gigabit-per-second (Gbps) which they claim is the fastest on record. Theoretically, this speed could allow you to download a complete bleary movie in just 44 seconds.
The fastest commercial network speed provided by the firm, by comparison, is 300Mbps using a live network which is less than a sixth as fast and Analysts are sceptical that in these conditions speeds such as those achieved by Elisa could be replicated.
Assistant editor Nick Wood at Total Telecom has said, "Deploying a network that can support 1.9Gbps doesn't mean customers will get 1.9Gbps mobile broadband. This is because that network capacity has to be shared among customers. In reality, customers are likely to experience a modest improvement in overall speed and reliability, which is great, but doesn't make for exciting headlines the same way that 1.9 Gbps does”.
Additionally, another analyst has expressed further scepticism that this speed breakthrough will have any real world relevance.
Ernest Doku, a telecoms expert at uSwitch has said “5Mb per second (Mbps) is required for streaming HD content on Netflix, and Elisa's top speed is 400 times faster than that It'll be a long time until our infrastructure here in the UK offers anything close. This isn't a stepping stone to 5G as much as it's proof that 4G is yet to achieve its full potential here in the UK,"
it is believed that the 4G network could still evolve to download greater download speeds for mobile customers before the widespread access to the 5G network is available while they wait until 2020 for mass market 5G deployment.