Originally posted on Gigaom:
Apple’s(s aapl) latest bright, shiny iPad has been revealed, and it has Retina display, a faster chip and all sorts of goodies, but for the network crowd only three letters mattered: LTE. And yes, the new iPad will have the latest Long Term Evolution cellular networking standard and will deliver up to 73 Mbps down. Wait — what? 73?
We were puzzled too, since in the U.S. carriers are advertising speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps down and even in Canada (which also got some love today during the presentation), carriers are advertising 25 Mbps, but thanks to Chetan Sharma, a wireless industry analyst, we figured it out. Under the technical specs for the LTE standard, a radio using 2×2 MIMO and 10 MHz of spectrum will max out at 73 Mbps, though, just as with other theoretical peak speeds, don’t expect your phone to actually get anywhere near…
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