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Mobile surfing, no matter where you are: everyone does it these days. Streaming photos and uploading or downloading videos, you name it. And that's only logical, as everything goes nice and fast.
But the story doesn't end there for us. On the contrary. Did you know that by 2020 we'll together be consuming 8 times more mobile data than today? What's more, innovations such as Virtual Reality and razor-sharp video with UHD and 4K are impatiently waiting to break through. These are all things which will place increasing demands on our network.
5G, however, is still something in the future, for 2020 at the earliest. We don't want to wait around for it. That's why we'll soon be moving towards 4.5G.
First, let's refresh your memory a little. 4G+ has been available already since the end of last year. This is where we combine two different 4G lanes as it were to create a faster highway. With the four combined frequency bands of 4.5G we're now widening this highway further to four lanes. This will increase the download speed to a maximum of 1.1 Gbps. By way of comparison, with 4G+ you can currently reach up to 225 Mbps.
But that's not all. 4.5G is also good news for our network capacity at major events. Take Tomorrowland for example: at this event in 2015, you used 5 TB in mobile data over our network. To give you some idea of what this represents, that's 1 million photos or almost 2,000 hours of HD videos. This volume set to increase at a fast pace in the coming years. With 4.5G we're preparing ourselves to receive this massive volume with open arms.
We still have some time to wait before smartphones will have sufficient power under the bonnet to manage these speeds. Also, a few adaptations are required on our network. You'll then be able to take advantage of 4.5G once everything has been optimized. And when everything is ready you'll of course be the first to hear about it.
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