iPhone 5 Will Work On International LTE Networks In Europe And Asia [Report]



We already know that the iPhone 5 will support faster 4G LTE networking, but details surrounding international availability have remained scarce. While it’s assumed that the iPhone 5 will support LTE speeds on U.S. carriers like AT&T and Verizon, accessing LTE on carriers in other continents is a whole other issue.

According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, the next iPhone will indeed support LTE on certain networks in Europe and Asia:

Apple Inc.’s next iPhone will work on the fastest wireless networks around the world—including in the U.S., Europe and Asia—though it is unlikely to be available on every carrier, people familiar with the matter said.

The technical compatibility with so-called LTE networks removes a competitive danger for Apple and gives carriers a chance to sell their fastest data services to Apple’s base of iPhone customers.

It’s hard to support multiple LTE networks internationally due to the fragmented nature of the technology. There’s an estimated 36 different LTE bands around the world that a true ‘world phone’ would have to support. While The Journal doesn’t expect the iPhone 5 to support all of these bands, the device is expected to use LTE on many more networks than AT&T and Verizon in the states.

The third-gen iPad is only compatible with LTE networks in the U.S. and Canada. Apple indicated that it wanted to test the waters with LTE earlier this year, and now that LTE is more developed, it looks like Apple is ready to pull the trigger with the iPhone 5.

Apple is expected to unveil the next iPhone Wednesday, September 12th. The phone is expected to go on sale Friday, September 21st and be followed by an aggressive international rollout during the next few weeks.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Image: Martin uit Utrecht

  • Adam Meyer
  • Frap1412

    It will work also in Italy……i hope

  • Matthew Gonzales Landry

    Let’s see if it supports LTE in Australia unlike the new iPad http://www.news.com.au/technology/tablets/bad-apple-watchdog-bites-tech-giant-over-ipad-4g-claim/story-fn6vigfp-1226311693352

    Apple said the iPad would support 4G, not LTE. LTE and 4G are often used interchangeably, though 4G now seems to incorporate LTE and 3G (albeit faster 3G).

  • Bob Smogango

    Well at this stage, nobody knows if it will have a LTE chip at all, so saying “of course” makes no sense.

    Sure, but let’s look at this logically. The latest Qualcomm LTE chips have just been recently released. Greatly diminished power draw, supports all LTE bands worldwide.

    Now, Apple hasn’t updated to LTE yet. People have been whining about it for about three years now. Why have they waited? Well, what’s a historic reason for Apple to hold off on a tech?

    1. Poor battery life
    2. Poor support
    3. Poor speed

    Triple check for all LTE chips prior to those most modern. The opposite is true in all counts for those chips.

    Some of the biggest reasons to hold off on releasing a 4G/LTE is that their carriers either didn’t have it rolled out or haven’t even started it. So, even AT&T, Spint, etc. haven’t finished rolling it out, so why offer a product that their major carriers can’t even support the fastest speeds in the majority of their markets. T-Mobile and few others jumped on 4G/LTE first and they starting pushing it before their competitors could offer it and Apple and T-Mobile haven’t signed a deal, probably because of it. That’s my guess.

    Plus, if Apple also trying to figure all of the various limitations were also considerations.

  • Lars Pallesen

    Of course the 6th iPhone will work on all LTE everywhere. The chip family for which Apple has been waiting three years has finally been released and it supports all LTE bands worldwide, unlike previous generations thereof.

    Of course it will support all LTE bands worldwide? All 36 different LTE bands currently used worldwide?
    Hmmm. Tell me, Tallest_Skil, is this the same kind of “of course” that you applied to your adamant claims that Apple would never call the next iPhone the iPhone 5? Or that Apple would never do something as stupid as making an iPad Mini? That kind of “of course” ?