The LTE allows high-speed data communication (reception: 100 Mbps or higher and transmission: 50 Mbps or higher). Since the frequency band is expanded up to 20 MHz, the logical maximum transmission rate is 326.4 Mbps in reception and 86.4 Mbps in transmission.
The data communication rate is higher than that of 3G/3.5G even at the same frequency band, which allows acceptance of a lot of users.
Furthermore, the LTE achieves low-delay transmission with a connection delay of 100 ms or less and a radio section transmission delay of 5 ms or less. Thus the LTE is suited for audio communication, moving picture distribution, and online games.
Data communication volume of mobile phones is rapidly increasing at present due to dissemination of smart phones and mobile communication. Therefore, expansion of communication band (capacity) is a critical issue for communication carriers.
Because the LTE that allows high-speed data communication with low delay is superior in terms of the radio wave use efficiency, many of major communication carriers in the world have indicated a policy of adopting the LTE. The rapid dissemination of the LTE in the future is expected.