HTC planning next-gen LTE connectivity on mobiles in 2011

Posted on Friday, December 17th, 2010 at 2:02 pm by Andy
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4G anyone?

The world of pseudo-4G connectivity will come to mobile phones in 2011 as Taiwanese manufacturer HTC has announced that it will be debuting handsets which can connect to new LTE networks in the new year.

LTE is the acronym for Long Term Evolution and although there is argument over whether or not it can be classified as a true 4G service, there is no doubt that it will provide considerably faster connection speeds to mobile users around the world.

Peter Chou, chief executive of HTC, spoke out about LTE connectivity in an interview conducted by Mobile World Live, saying that the first LTE handsets will become available in the US, where network providers are upgrading their masts in preparation for next-gen services.

Mr Chou also mentioned the fact that HTC will continue to support both Android and Windows Phone 7 over the coming year, giving its customers the choice between two high end platforms with very different styles and functions, although the specs of HTC handsets are likely to remain similar across the two.

What remains to be seen is whether or not UK network providers will be able to get their LTE technology prepared for the arrival of HTC’s first compatible handsets in 2011.