A statement by Deutsche Telekom is adding to speculation that at least the European model of the iPhone 5S may support the high-speed LTE-A standard (also known as LTE+). The prospect of the 5S supporting the faster version of LTE had first been suggested back in July.
In announcing that the carrier will be launching its high-speed LTE-A data service this month, offering speeds of up to 150MBit/s, the company said:
Samsung will offer an updated version of the Galaxy S4 with LTE +. Appropriate devices from other manufacturers will follow the end of September.
Given the timing, some are suggesting that one of the ‘other manufacturers’ may be Apple …
LTE-A is approximately twice as fast as standard LTE, which was only ever intended as a stopgap standard. Engineers had originally called for standard LTE to be described as 3.5G, arguing that 4G should only ever refer to the LTE-A standard. The engineers and marketeers argued for a time and, well, no need to tell you who won.