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US Navy to put 4G LTE on their ships

May 24, 2012
By Loh Ving Sung GooglePlus

24 May 2012 - The US Navy is set to arm their ships with high-speed 4G LTE network for better mission planning. This marks the first time the Navy has offered cellular service on any its ships. The Navy is also planning to use tablets and smartphones along with the on-board LTE.

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Navy ships will use a microwave-based wireless area network that can extend out to up to 20 nautical miles and speeds of 300 megabits per second. According to the Navy, that kind of speed and coverage is needed because real time data and video feeds are sent from Marines and sailors who are on mission either at sea or on land.  

That network is possible due to a satellite link, where traditional cellular service is not possible. Using the satellite for network also ensures reliability especially when the ships are operating at sea.

With that kind of bandwidth however, we don’t see why sailors can't kick back and play Draw Something with and enjoy a YouTube video every once in a while. 

Source: Wired 


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