As a successor of UMTS the new mobile telecommunication standard LTE (Long Term evolution) achieves speeds up to 300 MBit / sec. in the Downlink and nearly 75 MBit / sec. in the Uplink.
Indeed relatively high data rates are already achieved today with the UMTS-protocol extensions HSDPA and HSUPA, but, the demand in mobile communication steadily rises.
In 2010 alone the data volume in German mobile telecommunication networks was app. 65 million GBytes compared to app. 33 million GBytes in 2009 which nearly doubled it in only one year!
LTE - and LTE Advanced - as a data network of the future, with latent times of less than 5 milliseconds not only allow high data rates but also a quick answer behavior on the information highway.
The extension of LTE can set up on the existing mobile telecommunication network, but needs an individual adaptation within the net structure of the well-chosen mobile telecommunication stations concerning technical equipment and net adjustments.