Japanese cell carrier preps 250Mbps service

If you’ve ever wanted to stream high-definition video to your cell phone, now you can—at least if you’re part of trials being conducted by NTT DoCoMo. As PC World reports, the Japanese cell phone carrier has achieved a mind-blowing speed of 250Mbps (that’s 31.25MB/s, if you’re more comfortable measuring data speeds in bytes) in trials of a future third-generation cellular technology nicknamed “Super 3G.”

Super 3G far outpaces current 3G standards, which currently allow speeds of “only” up to 3.6Mbps (450KB/s) via the High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) protocol through NTT DoCoMo’s network. According to PC World, Super 3G has been in development since July 2006, and the technology is intended to “bridge the gap” between current 3G communications systems and future 4G systems. 4G trials by NTT DoCoMo have already yielded speeds of up to 5Gbps (625MB/s), or five times faster than the quickest residential fiber-optic services in Japan today. Those speeds were achieved while moving at 10 km/h (6.2 mph), too.

Of course, NTT DoCoMo doesn’t plan to unleash 250Mbps services—let alone 5Gbps—on its network quite yet. PC World says the carrier plans to complete Super 3G development by the end of next year, which would position the launch of commercial services in 2010 “at the earliest.”

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    • ish718
    • 11 years ago

    Meadows, the world is fucked up, if you didn’t know that before, world starvation, pollution, genocides, corrupt governments, mass poverty, BLAH BLAH BLAH, it goes on. Dead marine animals is the tip of the iceberg, you sound like a animal activist btw.

    • StashTheVampede
    • 11 years ago

    NTTdocomo are demonstrating this because they know the FIOS rollout is almost complete nationwide (yes, there is a huge truth in that statement), but most people aren’t even using a “computer” at home anymore.

    Japan has computer users, but has a much LARGER population of users with mobile devices (such as cell phones and laptops). More bandwidth to more devices only encourages people to use it.

    • Krogoth
    • 11 years ago

    Hmmm, portable pr0n!

    Just need that tissue. 😉

    • jweller
    • 11 years ago

    Maybe they could create a cell phone with a standard output port to a computer so you can view HD on your computer moblely from anywhere you get that cell phone reception. That would be cool.

      • barich
      • 11 years ago

      I think they already have this. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? It’s called “USB.”

        • SpikeMeister
        • 11 years ago

        4G would saturate even USB 3.0 :S

    • krazyredboy
    • 11 years ago

    Sorry, meant as a reply to #3.

    • Meadows
    • 11 years ago

    Those Japanese nincompoops should turn their energies into killing less marine mammals pointlessly, instead of developing vain technologies that are about as useless as can be.

      • stdRaichu
      • 11 years ago

      Moaning about it in the internet isn’t going to help anyone even it you weren’t arguing a complete non sequitur. Go and chain yourself to the front of a whale and stop using the electromagnetic spectrum in protest if you feel you have to.

        • Meadows
        • 11 years ago

        To stay on that topic, your first advice doesn’t help (the whales) and your second one doesn’t even make sense. Practice a bit.
        I was saying they really could do something more universally useful for a change, instead of wasting money and energy on this (and other such techy projects). This is like the quad-SLI of bandwidths, ergo a complete waste.

          • ludi
          • 11 years ago

          A whale died while you were typing that.

            • Meadows
            • 11 years ago

            Understatement, horrid understatement, good sir.

            • ludi
            • 11 years ago

            There went another one. Stop using modern technology! Japanese researchers ignored helpless whales in order to bring you that computer!

            • CB5000
            • 11 years ago

            They’ve been killing whales for hundreds of years… seriously

            • Meadows
            • 11 years ago

            There are many forms of unnecessary stupidity occuring, and tradition doesn’t validate them.

            • Meadows
            • 11 years ago

            You speak like all technology comes from Japan. 😉

            • ludi
            • 11 years ago

            Actually, I’m not really taking you seriously. Japanese research into high speed networks has exactly zero causal relationship to Japanese ecological efforts or lack thereof. Your effort to link the two together out of a clear blue sky was so far beyond rationality that it left me no choice but to skip past a calm rebuttal and go straight into /[

          • stdPikachu
          • 11 years ago

          /[

      • StashTheVampede
      • 11 years ago

      Pointlessly? They consume what they kill. What is the problem?

      Oh and please tell me how they should eat pork, chicken, beef and lamb instead of the animals in the ocean. Please tell me how MOST of the land they have is mountainside and that doesn’t grow pigs, chickens or cows very well.

      Please argue how they are an island nation and have relied on eating from the ocean for HUNDREDS of years and how this is a bad thing.

        • Meadows
        • 11 years ago

        I bet organizations (such as Greenpeace, to mention one that’s loud) wouldn’t be so upset if what you said was true. Otherwise they could have a problem with lots of other countries, as well, but they don’t, which shows Japan is standing out for some reason. And I never liked them anyway. 😉

          • StashTheVampede
          • 11 years ago

          Greenpeace wants us all eating veggies.

            • Meadows
            • 11 years ago

            Did you know that I’m a vegetarian? 😉

            • Corrado
            • 11 years ago

            No but I can tell you’re a dirty hippy.

            • Meadows
            • 11 years ago

            No, good sir, I lack the shades, long hair and crappy music, for that performance.

            • StashTheVampede
            • 11 years ago

            Nothing wrong with being a vegetarian. Just don’t push your agenda in my face when I’m clubbing baby seals for their pelts and fatty meat.

            • Byte Storm
            • 11 years ago

            mmmmm…. Seal 😉

      • Saber Cherry
      • 11 years ago

      I completely agree, although “less” should be “fewer”. But what you don’t understand – since it is a Japanese state secret – is that these technologies are only coming out in Japan for a reason: they rip the gigantic brains out of live, thrashing baby whales and use the massive neural processing power to run cell phone networks! Do you really think Japanese hunt whales just to eat the meat?

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    Mein Gott…

      • Grigory
      • 11 years ago

      …es ist voller Japaner.

      • krazyredboy
      • 11 years ago

      Ausgezeichnet!

    • derFunkenstein
    • 11 years ago

    l[If you’ve ever wanted to stream high-definition video to your cell phone, now you can

      • Meadows
      • 11 years ago

      Talk about sharpness.

      • emi25
      • 11 years ago

      if you have a Super 3G modem on your laptop, or you are a reporter and you want to broadcast a 1080p live video ?

        • derFunkenstein
        • 11 years ago

        neither of which were addressed in what I quoted. 😉

      • ludi
      • 11 years ago

      How about in the future when your phone allows you to connect a pair of 3D glasses that create a 108″ virtual display? Will you want it then?

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